Hello to everyone. I have been reading the threads on this forum for a while and enjoying every minute. I've been an avid Civil War reader for years, and have a modest gun collection. I finally made the decision to buy an original Civil War rifle musket, and chose the 1861 Springfield as the one I wanted. I just got one dated 1862, and I thought I would share a few photos of it. The rifling is excellent as is the wood. I am curious about the rear sight. It looks very old to me and has some surface pitting pretty much evenly on its exposed surfaces. I cannot see a 3 or a 5 on the two leaves. I looked closely with a jewelers loupe. There is a block M stamped on the left side of the sight base. Overall this musket is in very nice condition, and I am very happy with it. Sorry for the photos getting mixed up with the text.