I have recently discovered I have Civil War veterans in my tree. Part of my small gun collection is going to have a black powder. Ive figured Ill kill 2 birds with one stone, get a rifle my ancestors used, and it will be the collections black powder gun.
Heres where I need the help. Im not at all fluent in the ways of black powder. Is it possible to get a good, firing example of a 1861 or 1863 springfield? Or would I be better suited to find a reproduction. I would really like to have a real, honest-to-goodness 18?? rifle, but if it doesnt fire, it wont do.
Can you all fine folks help?