American forces in the War of 1812 used the U.S Musket Model 1795, invented by Eli Whitney (History of U.S. Army Weapons). It was a single-shot, flintlock-based musket, one of the first of its kind (Alex). Many people believe that this gun was a copy of the .69 caliber French Model 1763 Musket, but this is not a proven fact (History of U.S. Army Weapons). The U.S Musket Model 1795 was made at the armories in Springfield, Massachusetts and in Harper’s Ferry, Virginia (History of U.S. Army Weapons). This gun had all the latest technological advancements including the rounded hammer face and slanted pan, which both improved the gun’s function (History of U.S. Army Weapons). The Model 1795 found its way into quite a few American Wars (Alex). It was used from the war of 1812 through the civil war (Alex). Eli Whitney delivered 10,000 of these guns to the U.S military to use in the War of 1812 (History of U.S. Army Weapons). With its new advancements, the U.S. Musket Model 1795 helped push the U.S to victory against Great Britain and Ireland in the war of 1812.
- "History of U.S. Army Weapons | Military.com." History of U.S. Army Weapons | Military.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2014.
- Alex, Dan. "Harpers Ferry / Springfield Model 1795 Musket (1795)." Harpers Ferry / Springfield Model 1795. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.