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Today want to recognize all teachers! Teachers are essential to the educational and social development of our younger ge...
10/05/2021
Education - Springfield Armory National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)

Today want to recognize all teachers! Teachers are essential to the educational and social development of our younger generations. As dedicated employees, they give endlessly to their students to help them succeed in school and in life. To all the teachers out there, we thank you!

Here at Springfield Armory, we would like to share our resources and lesson plans with you revolving around a variety of topics. Explore our education page (linked below) to learn more about the programs we offer and to plan an in person or virtual visit to the Armory!

For Teachers

-Here at the Armory we love our animals. Many of us working here have pets including dogs, cats, and bunnies! Aside from...
10/04/2021

-Here at the Armory we love our animals. Many of us working here have pets including dogs, cats, and bunnies! Aside from our pets at home, we love the animals that we see at work including squirrels and birds (including our resident hawks).

We don’t see too many other animals at the Armory, but we would like to know, what is your favorite animal that you see around where you live or work?

Photo Credit: NPS Digital Photo

-Here at the Armory we love our animals. Many of us working here have pets including dogs, cats, and bunnies! Aside from our pets at home, we love the animals that we see at work including squirrels and birds (including our resident hawks).

We don’t see too many other animals at the Armory, but we would like to know, what is your favorite animal that you see around where you live or work?

Photo Credit: NPS Digital Photo

10/03/2021

Update for Tuesday, October 5: The situation has been resolved and the building is safe to open. We will resume normal visitor operations on Wednesday, October 6 at 9:30 am.

Building Closure: Armory Building Closed Sunday October 3.

Due to an unexpected situation the Armory museum and visitor center will be closed today, Sunday October 3rd. Rangers will be available on the grounds for grounds tours and information. We’re sorry for the inconvenience. We’ll update tomorrow when we have more information. Thank you.

It’s Firearm Friday and today we are examining a lesser known lock style-the Miquelet Lock. As a transition lock from th...
10/01/2021

It’s Firearm Friday and today we are examining a lesser known lock style-the Miquelet Lock. As a transition lock from the wheellock to the traditional flintlock, it improved upon the snaphaunce as the striking plate and pan cover were combined into a single piece and was no longer a free swinging arm, but rather it was mounted to the lock.

The lock has two sears, which as the trigger is pulled, the sears are pulled into the firearm causing the hammer to drop. This along with an exterior spring and vertical groves on the striking plate, was powerful enough to create sparks, even with inferior flint. This differs from the traditional flintlock as the ignition system isn’t completely enclosed.

What unique lock mechanisms have you discovered?

Of the two images, the first one is the miquelet lock pistol from the late 18th Century and the second is a snaphaunce lock from the 17th century.

Photo Credits:

Miquelet Lock Pistol: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977

Snaphaunce Lock: Met Museum of Art, Gift of Stephen V. Grancsay, in memory of Alexander McMillan Welch, 1945

We know fall is coming, as aside from the cooler weather and a couple of our trees beginning to turn, we've had a gaggle...
09/26/2021

We know fall is coming, as aside from the cooler weather and a couple of our trees beginning to turn, we've had a gaggle at the Armory the past few Sundays. As they visit, they waddle around the grounds seeking a morning snack, often stopping to preen. 🍂🍁This got us thinking, what is your favorite part of fall?

Established in 1944, the fourth Saturday in September was designated as National Public Lands Day. Today we celebrate th...
09/25/2021

Established in 1944, the fourth Saturday in September was designated as National Public Lands Day. Today we celebrate the connection between people and nature and inspire environmental stewardship while encouraging the use of open spaces for education, recreation, and health benefits. Today is a day to help preserve, restore, and improve our public lands, whether a county, city, or national park or trail.

How will you connect with nature today? Use the flow chart below to get some ideas! And remember today is a Fee Free Day at your nations National Parks!

Image Credit: NPS Digital Photo

Established in 1944, the fourth Saturday in September was designated as National Public Lands Day. Today we celebrate the connection between people and nature and inspire environmental stewardship while encouraging the use of open spaces for education, recreation, and health benefits. Today is a day to help preserve, restore, and improve our public lands, whether a county, city, or national park or trail.

How will you connect with nature today? Use the flow chart below to get some ideas! And remember today is a Fee Free Day at your nations National Parks!

Image Credit: NPS Digital Photo

Welcome to Firearm Friday!Throughout the years Springfield Armory has had a wide variety of exhibits at the Big E , form...
09/24/2021

Welcome to Firearm Friday!

Throughout the years Springfield Armory has had a wide variety of exhibits at the Big E , formally known as the Eastern States Exposition - the only multi-state fair, representing all six New England States. Did you know Springfield Armory use to do firing demonstrations at the fair as well?

Who is going to the Big E this year? You still have time, the fair runs through October 3rd. Even though we no longer do firing demonstrations, stop by the Massachusetts Building along the Avenue of States and say "hello" to the Park Rangers who are representing the Springfield Armory National Historic Site at our booth.

Image: Springfield Armory NHS Archives

Welcome to Firearm Friday!

Throughout the years Springfield Armory has had a wide variety of exhibits at the Big E , formally known as the Eastern States Exposition - the only multi-state fair, representing all six New England States. Did you know Springfield Armory use to do firing demonstrations at the fair as well?

Who is going to the Big E this year? You still have time, the fair runs through October 3rd. Even though we no longer do firing demonstrations, stop by the Massachusetts Building along the Avenue of States and say "hello" to the Park Rangers who are representing the Springfield Armory National Historic Site at our booth.

Image: Springfield Armory NHS Archives

We created a gallery of photos from the Naturalization Ceremony held on the grounds on Constitution Day. Check it out to...
09/23/2021
Photo Gallery (U.S. National Park Service)

We created a gallery of photos from the Naturalization Ceremony held on the grounds on Constitution Day. Check it out to see more photos from the ceremony.

#FindYourPark #newUScitizen #ConstitutionDay #CitizenshipDay

*The copyright status of these images may vary. Check the copyright status on the image detail pages before you download them.

Happy Centennial to Ranger Betty Soskin! Working as a file clerk in a segregated Union Hall at Boilermaker’s A-36 during...
09/22/2021

Happy Centennial to Ranger Betty Soskin! Working as a file clerk in a segregated Union Hall at Boilermaker’s A-36 during WWII, Betty now shares her stories at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park. Hear her story and that of others by visiting their page. Join us in wishing Betty a very Happy Birthday!🎂🎉

#FindYourInnerBetty #BeLikeBetty

Happy Centennial to Ranger Betty Soskin! Working as a file clerk in a segregated Union Hall at Boilermaker’s A-36 during WWII, Betty now shares her stories at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park. Hear her story and that of others by visiting their page. Join us in wishing Betty a very Happy Birthday!🎂🎉

#FindYourInnerBetty #BeLikeBetty

"The leaves begin to fall As the sky’s turn to grey. Grab your shawl, And watch the sun fade away.  To the darkening day...
09/22/2021

"The leaves begin to fall
As the sky’s turn to grey.
Grab your shawl,
And watch the sun fade away.


To the darkening days,
Lets not change our ways.
Enjoy the crisp clean air
And don’t despair,
For fall is here
To spread the cheer. "
-By Ranger Dani

Today marks the first day of Fall! As cooler temperatures arrive, we are looking forward to seeing our trees turn colors, the arrival of the crows, and watching the squirrels scurry around securing their winter stash.

What is your favorite park of fall?

NPS Digital Photo

"The leaves begin to fall
As the sky’s turn to grey.
Grab your shawl,
And watch the sun fade away.


To the darkening days,
Lets not change our ways.
Enjoy the crisp clean air
And don’t despair,
For fall is here
To spread the cheer. "
-By Ranger Dani

Today marks the first day of Fall! As cooler temperatures arrive, we are looking forward to seeing our trees turn colors, the arrival of the crows, and watching the squirrels scurry around securing their winter stash.

What is your favorite park of fall?

NPS Digital Photo

One of the many highlights of working at Springfield Armory is our blank firing demonstrations! On these days, we dress ...
09/18/2021

One of the many highlights of working at Springfield Armory is our blank firing demonstrations! On these days, we dress up in period costume and take out some of our historic fi****ms and give a demonstration on how they are loaded and fired, along with some history behind each firearm.

We don’t blank fire daily, but on the days we do, it brings us back in time to the era when the Armory was operating and workers were milling about. What is your favorite era in history?

We blank fire on most Saturdays, weather permitting, but please call and check so you won't be disappointed. 413-734-8551.

Photo Credit: NPS Digital Photo

Thank you Mayor Sarno for joining us and sharing the joyous occasion of welcoming our newest citizens.
09/18/2021

Thank you Mayor Sarno for joining us and sharing the joyous occasion of welcoming our newest citizens.

Thanks to our friends at STCC for all of their support. We’re fortunate to have such great neighbors.
09/18/2021

Thanks to our friends at STCC for all of their support. We’re fortunate to have such great neighbors.

¡Bienvenidos! I mirëpritur, Akwaba, Karibu, Maligayang pagdating, Bun venit, Bem-vindo, hoş geldiniz, Chào mừng, Ahlaan ...
09/17/2021

¡Bienvenidos! I mirëpritur, Akwaba, Karibu, Maligayang pagdating, Bun venit, Bem-vindo, hoş geldiniz, Chào mừng, Ahlaan bik, Khush-aam-deed, Welcome!

Today we welcomed 23 new citizens from 16 different countries as they took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States. http://ow.ly/HdrH50Gc26u

#newUScitizen #FindYourPark

Here are a few snapshots from the ceremony. Stay tuned as we will share more in the upcoming week.

Photo Credit: NPS Photo

Today, Firearm Friday!, we mark the 159th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, where 23,000 soldiers (Union and Confed...
09/17/2021

Today, Firearm Friday!, we mark the 159th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, where 23,000 soldiers (Union and Confederate) were killed, wounded, or missing after 12 hours in battle, making it bloodiest day in American history. In these twelve hours around 100,000 troops met and clashed near the town of Sharpsburg, MD. What ended in a Union Victory, led to Lincoln issuing the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation and ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North. Learn more about the Battle of Antietam by visiting Antietam National Battlefield.

During the Civil War Springfield Armory, and contracted private firms, produced an estimated 1 million M1861 fi****ms as it was the standard issue infantry arm for the Union. Production of this firearm, for the war, was controversial as some wanted to move to a breech loading repeater but Brevet Brigadier General Ripley (a former Superintendent of Springfield Armory, and then Chief of Ordnance) decided to stay with the current firearm system, a muzzle loader.

Do you believe Ripley made the right decision to stick with a muzzleloader or should production have shifted to a breach loading repeater?

Photo Credit: NPS Digital Photo

Today we celebrate Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in 1787.  As we reflect on our r...
09/17/2021

Today we celebrate Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in 1787. As we reflect on our rights and responsibilities as U. S. Citizens, we at the Armory remember Shays’ Rebellion, where political protests and civil conflicts in Massachusetts reached a crescendo on this very ground, serving as a catalyst in shaping the Constitution.

Today is also Citizenship Day; a day to welcome and celebrate those who will become citizens of the United States. We are honored to be hosting a naturalization ceremony with U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. We will gather together with applicants from 16 countries around the world as they take the Oath of Allegiance on the historic grounds of the Springfield Armory and become our newest citizens.

#newUScitizen #FindYourPark

Photo Credit: NPS Digital Photo

Today we celebrate Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in 1787. As we reflect on our rights and responsibilities as U. S. Citizens, we at the Armory remember Shays’ Rebellion, where political protests and civil conflicts in Massachusetts reached a crescendo on this very ground, serving as a catalyst in shaping the Constitution.

Today is also Citizenship Day; a day to welcome and celebrate those who will become citizens of the United States. We are honored to be hosting a naturalization ceremony with U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. We will gather together with applicants from 16 countries around the world as they take the Oath of Allegiance on the historic grounds of the Springfield Armory and become our newest citizens.

#newUScitizen #FindYourPark

Photo Credit: NPS Digital Photo

During National Hispanic Heritage Month we honor Hispanic and Latinx cultures and significance in the development of our...
09/15/2021
Hispanic Heritage Month - NPS Celebrates! (U.S. National Park Service)

During National Hispanic Heritage Month we honor Hispanic and Latinx cultures and significance in the development of our Nation.

The National Park Service works with partners to preserve and tell the stories and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. To learn more visit the site linked below!

September 15 to October 15 is celebrated nationwide as National Hispanic Heritage Month. It traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. During this month and throughout the year, we, and ou...

Today, as the flag flies high atop the Armory, we remember those whose lives were lost in the Twin Towers, on Flight 93 ...
09/11/2021

Today, as the flag flies high atop the Armory, we remember those whose lives were lost in the Twin Towers, on Flight 93 and American Airlines Flight 77 and also the First Responders taken from us as a result of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. In these moments, we come together stronger than we were before as one. From all of us at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site lets bow our heads in remembrance of September 11th.

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, and the last phone calls, the funerals of the children." Former President George W. Bush

Photo Credit: NPS Digital Photo

Today, as the flag flies high atop the Armory, we remember those whose lives were lost in the Twin Towers, on Flight 93 and American Airlines Flight 77 and also the First Responders taken from us as a result of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. In these moments, we come together stronger than we were before as one. From all of us at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site lets bow our heads in remembrance of September 11th.

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, and the last phone calls, the funerals of the children." Former President George W. Bush

Photo Credit: NPS Digital Photo

It is Friday once again and that means another edition of Firearm Friday! here at Springfield Armory National Historic S...
09/10/2021

It is Friday once again and that means another edition of Firearm Friday! here at Springfield Armory National Historic Site. This week we take a look at an interesting copy of the 1911 pistol. The 1911 pistol, adopted in (you guessed it) 1911, served the U.S. Armed Services for many years and in some instances may be serving still. Multiple countries adopted the 1911 and purchased them from the C**t company or licensed the option to manufacture them locally. The museum collection also contains unlicensed copies, in this instance from 1960’s Vietnam.

When weapons are not readily available in conflict zones, local manufacture of foreign or indigenous design is often undertaken. One area famous for this is the Khyber Pass region of Central Asia. Quality can range from the crude to the incredibly sophisticated. This example, entered into the museum collection in 1965, appears to fall somewhere in the middle range. Throughout decades of conflict the Vietnamese produced or modified foreign arms of all types, many quite ingeniously.

This pistol was rendered inoperable my means of spot welding the slide. This possibly could have been done because as a working reference collection when under control of the Army, fi****ms could be checked out by engineers and test fired. With numerous missing parts and unknown reliability this arm was most possibly rendered inoperable as a safety measure.

Stampings on the pistol appear to reference the police or military. Are there any Vietnamese speakers that can provide a more accurate translation? Have any service members encountered craft produced weaponry? Please respond in the comments section below to let us know.

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1 Armory Sq
Springfield, MA
01105-1299

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Wednesday 9:30am - 4pm
Thursday 9:30am - 4pm
Friday 9:30am - 4pm
Saturday 9:30am - 4pm
Sunday 9:30am - 4pm

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