Springfield Armory National Historic Site and National Historic Landmark is a National Park Service unit that commemorates the country's first national armory and its importance within the history of the United States. The site is open to the public from 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Publicly accessible areas and activities include:
Springfield Armory NHS does not provide staff for research services. Members of the public may request to do research on site as with other government agencies, by following agency procedures listed below.
There are a number of research options to help you answer your questions:
Research on the internet
Private research services
Springfield Armory NHS has no records that reflect the disposition of individual firearms during or after their manufacture at the historic Springfield Armory.
As a Federal military facility from 1794-1968, the Springfield Armory's records are, by law, maintained by the National Archive and Records Administration (NARA). These records are official documentation of the administrative functions of the facility. Specific records having to do with the disposition of a particular gun after its manufacture tended to be temporary and thus were not preserved as a whole. Some records did survive as incidental attachments to other, more permanent records.
There are entities that have compiled these references and, for a fee will give you that information or conduct research for you. If you wish to hire one of these entities, see the section above, entitled "Private research services". If you wish to search the holdings at NARA yourself, please visit http://www.archives.gov for information about their collections, hours, and research policies.
Did You Know?
Springfield Armory functioned in tandem with its sister armory in Harpers Ferry, (West) Virginia, providing arms for the nation from 1795 until Harpers Ferry Armory was burned down during the Civil War. Today, both sites are units of the National Park Service. More...