With their primary goal being to perpetuate knowledge of firearms used during the Civil War, the North South Skirmish Association (NSSA) conducts marksmanship competitions with original weapons or reproductions such as this 1974 musket. A stunning reproduction of an 1842 Springfield .69-caliber model, this 57-1/2"-long weapon has oxidation on the iron plates and grooves on the barrel's interior. Trigger, flintlock and sight mechanisms intact, as is the cleaning rod. There are (4) annually dated "NSSA" decals adhered to the butt.
A metal plate near the trigger mechanism bears an engraving that reads: "J. STUTTS." In all likelihood, this indicates that the gun is a replica of a model crafted by renowned North Carolina rifle maker Jacob Stutts.