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CJZKU93 01-23-2020 01:25 PM

1816 Springfield Maynard Tape Lock
 
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While doing some metal detecting on a homestead site in western Kansas I found a Maynard Tape Lock from a converted 1816 Springfield. I will have to do some research to see if anyone associated with the land was in the Civil War. Oh to know the story of where it had been and how it managed to hit the ground in Kansas for me to find.

DougF 01-23-2020 03:52 PM

Great find - this converts a flintlock to percussion? Where do you put the cap, behind the hinged door? In surprising good condition, good steel I guess.

ToySoldier 01-23-2020 04:05 PM

Nice recovery!

zeemang 01-23-2020 04:45 PM

Nice piece!

7centsworth 01-23-2020 05:41 PM

That is a sweet find.

Pumptech 01-23-2020 06:55 PM

That is a great find. It cleaned up nicely!

CJZKU93 01-23-2020 08:35 PM

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Originally Posted by DougF (Post 3186492)
Great find - this converts a flintlock to percussion? Where do you put the cap, behind the hinged door? In surprising good condition, good steel I guess.


Yes this replaced the flintlock on the rifle. From what I have learned the conversions were done in the late 1850's and the rifles were used in the U.S. Civil War. You could use regular percussion caps on them or you could use the tape that Maynard had developed. The tape priming system was very susceptible to weather so it seems that regular primers were used mostly. The tape is basically the equivalent of what would go into a cap gun today. The tape went behind the door and there was a mechanism that would move the tape up when the hammer was cocked. if you look on YouTube for Maynard Tape Primer Forgotten Weapons has a video titled Massachusetts Arms Maynard-Primed Belt Revolver that explains the lock.

cellrdwellr 01-24-2020 09:39 AM

Awesome relic, congrats!

waltr 01-24-2020 01:25 PM

One problem when finding Civil War era guns, part, bullets, etc is all were available POST Civil War through Bannerman's Surplus store.
https://www.guns.com/news/2015/11/07...rmy-navy-store

Example of this wonderful Maynard rifle lock.
It could have been off a riffle brought home by a vet or was purchased from Bannerman's.

No way to truly tell.

PrussianBleu 01-25-2020 09:40 PM

That is super-cool, to find a complete lock with the Maynard system. Great recovery!


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