• View of Springfield Armory overlooking the city of Springfield, 1855

    Springfield Armory

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

Stamping parts at Springfield Armory

stamped parts
Stamping parts was a process, here called cold extrusion, in which piable metal was formed without heat into a finished shape. It was similar to forging.
Springfield Armory NHS, US NPS
Mid-20th century stamping machines
By the mid-20th Century, cold forming pliable steel had been perfected and required the use of powerful machines like these.
Springfield Armory NHS, US NPS
Stamping out M1 Rifle clips in WWII
Springfield Armory manufactured many of the cartridge 'clips' for the M1 'Garand' Rifle during WWII.
Springfield Armory NHS, US NPS

Did You Know?

Charles Dickens, 1842. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Author Charles Dickens toured Springfield Armory’s Hill Shops and Water Shops on his 30th birthday, February 7th, 1842, a year before publication of A Christmas Carol. The first of two visits to America, he and his wife were accompanied by the superintendent and the paymaster. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.