Length 121 cm.
Manufactured by Mutzig Arsenal, Mutzig, France. The Model 1842 Musket was developed from the preceding Model 1840. The arms were the first percussion weapons adopted for general service in the French army. The Model 1840 is identified by its separate breech section. The Model 1842 barrel is forged with an integral bolster that is flush with the barrel while in the succeeding Model 1853 and 1857 the bolster protrudes from the side of the barrel. The Model 1840 was not produced in any quantity before being replaced. Both models were produced in two lengths, one for the regular infantry and one for light infantry. The weapons were the first to employ a back-action lock. The tail of the lock is fastened with a special wood screw. A two pronged screwdriver is required to remove the screw, making the lock tamper proof. With the adoption of the Minie type projectile many arms were altered to the M1842T by rifling the barrel with four broad grooves.
Round steel barrel, faceted near the lock. The barrel is stamped “M.1856”, “M” in a circle, “MI”, “Mle 1854” and two “D” under a crown in circles. Three spring held barrel bands, the front being doubled, all stamped. Bayonet stud on bottom of barrel at muzzle. Percussion lock, inscription “Mre Imp ale de Mutzig” on the lock plate. Wooden stock with iron butt, which is stamped. Stock stamped with round stamp near the butt, other stamps in other places.
Condition report: Barrel with some pitting from corrosion, patina, scratched and dents. Wooden stock with certain amount of wear, with significant scratches and dents. Lock in working condition.