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

    Springfield Armory

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

Blank Firing Demonstrations & Museum Highlight Tours

Blank Firing Demo
A Ranger at Springfield Armory NHS demonstrates blank firing
NPS Photo

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News Release Date: March 29, 2014
Contact: Joanne Gangi, (413) 734-8551

SPRINGFIELD MA – Hear the deep BOOM of historic musket and rifle shooting and participate in Ranger-led tours of the Museum. Experience historic weapons demonstrations every other Saturday (weather permitting) at 1:00 pm. Museum Highlight Tours are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am or 2:00 pm. Free Admission

Now, visitors can learn about Springfield Armory's historic weapons through the senses of sight, the sounds of rifles blasting, and the acrid smell of burning gun powder. National Park Service Volunteers and Rangers will describe and then fire reproductions of historic Springfield Armory weapons that include a flintlock musket, the percussion rifle musket, and the "Trapdoor" breech-loading rifle. Mark your calendars for April 5 & 19, May 3 & 17, June 7 & 21, July 5 & 19, August 2, 16 & 30, and Sept 13 & 27.

Also, starting Saturday, April 5, please join us, for a Ranger-led Highlight Tour each Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am or 2:00 pm.Tours are fast-paced views of one targeted topic or object from the Armory's exhibits. Topics include, among others, Personalized Weapons, Mishaps, Women Ordnance Workers, The "Organ" of Muskets, The Birth of the Museum, and The Legacy of Springfield Armory Technology.

Park Historian and Historic Weapons Officer, Richard Colton remarked "Attending one of our blank-firings and seeing the Museum's exhibits, gives visitors an opportunity to glimpse the world experienced by the American infantryman and the Armory worker in centuries now past. We are pleased to bring visitors this program on a bi-weekly basis."

Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates and preserves the site of our Nation’s first armory, established in 1794. As a unit of the National Park Service, the Visitor Center, Museum, buildings, and grounds are open daily, 9am – 5pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.Admission is free. To browse our website, go to www.nps.gov/spar, or call us at: 413-734-8551. Explore all of your National Parks at www.nps.gov

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Did You Know?

Workers at Springfield Armory

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...