Can someone point me to a resource which explains the different "models" of CW muskets? I'm trying to do some general education for myself. I don't understand the space very well.
Is this considered an 1839 Springfield? I'm also intrigued by the stamp in the wood. It's located on the bottom of the stock - by the grip. Would this be an owner's mark? And what, if anything, can be concluded by the barrel stamps?