Last updated: March 12, 2015
- Springfield, Massachusetts
- Source of American weapons for the War of 1812, and pioneer of modern manufacturing techniques.
- National Historic Site
- OPEN TO PUBLIC:
The Springfield Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts, was the primary source of firearms for the US military from the time of the American Revolution through the 1960s.
During the War of 1812, American forces faced supply shortages and difficulty in repairing and replacing muskets that were slowly, individually crafted in Springfield. As a result of the lessons learned from the setbacks of the War of 1812, the Springfield Armory pioneered new manufacturing methods using interchangeable parts and modern techniques, effectively modernizing the tools of the American military.