Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Five soldiers in historical attire fire muskets.
Soldiers in the attire of the American Revolution and the War of 1812 fire their muskets.

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Quick Facts

Springfield, Massachusetts
Source of American weapons for the War of 1812, and pioneer of modern manufacturing techniques.
National Historic Site

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. 

Last updated: March 12, 2015