I had a chance today to buy an 1863 US Springfield that was in rather nice condition..
By the looks of it fireable condition with all the parts working well on it...I dont know enough about these things to venture into spending the cash for it...The stock had an
1822 date on it but the side plates are marked 1863..Dont know if someone modified this thing or not...The guy is asking 1200 bucks for it and its out of Harrisburg PA which is not far from Gettysburg...
Anybody got any Idea what this thing may be worth..Or what the 1822 imprint in the stock would be...That is what had me holding off on it along with the price..
Oh yea and it has the bayonet with it also in nice condition and fully attachable...
Last edited on Sat Oct 27th, 2007 12:51 am by Johnny Huma
Depending on condition that is a reasonable price. You may wish to look at gunbroker.com, thehorsesoldier, or sharpsburg arsenel for some comparison.
Just because it is from near Gettysburg should not be a consideration with out solid providence of a Gettysburg connection. Many weapons were sold as surplus, and many were assembled from parts. Depending on the type of ignition it could be a modified flint lock which could well have seen civil war service. If you can post pictures I or several other board members can probably give a better opinion.
It has a lot to do w/ the condition, which contractor etc. W/ the bayonet makes it soun like a decent deal especially if in shootable condition. For a comparison take a look at the http://www.Lodgewood.com consignment page.
Springfields are staying high but the Enfield market has had the bottom drop out of it due to a flood of originals from Afghanistan. A shootable P53 can be had for less than $700 when your lucky.