I recently purchased a Euroarms 1861 Springfield (reworked by James River Armory) and I have a question regarding the half-cock position. It seems to be very close to the nipple, making it awkward to cap. I have been using an Armisport 1842 and Euroarms Enfield prior to this and the half-cock position is farther back on each of them.
My question is: Is this a design feature found on the original weapon? Since the 1861 is essentially just a simplfied 1855, did the original designers not take into consideration the need to increase the distance from the hammer to the nipple for placing a percussion cap instead of using the tape primer?
I'm not complaining, I'm just curious. The weapon itself is a fine piece, marked as an 1862 MANTON, and I recommend James River to anyone.
8th Missouri Infantry, US