Sunday, May 19th 2013 @ 4:06pm EDT
A very nice model 1860 Spencer seven shot repeating carbine 56/56 Civil War era rifle, by Spencer Repeating Rifle Company of Boston, Massachusetts, carbines number from about 11,000 to 61,000, this weapon revolutionized carbines, it was the first repeating carbine to be significantly employed in the Civil War, Spencer rifles were first introduced by Custer’s cavalry at Gettysburg, then the short carbines tipped the balance in the 1864 and 1865 cavalry campaigns, most notably in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. It could load seven all weather or metallic rim fire cartridges, which was a major advantage over the single shot paper cartridge percussion weapons previously employed. The so called “56 / 56” cartridge was used, the bullet is actually .52 caliber, seven cartridges were loaded by a magazine tube fitted through the butt, iron buttplate and single band, cartridge was readied by raising and lowering a lever also serving as a trigger guard, chamber edges are sharp, bore has six lands and grooves, equipped with Spencer long range sight, saddle bar and ring on left side for hanging from a sling, strap hook on bottom of butt. Mark on top of frame: “Spencer Repeating Rifle Co. Boston, Mass., Pat’d March 6, 1860.” Serial number, 26xxx, marked on rear of frame. Cartouches on the left side on the butt are typically weak, additional inspector marks on the receiver, and barrel. Barrel length, 22in. Metal appearance pleasing with brown patina, maker marks are weak, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, sight intact, band intact, bar and riding ring intact.
Appears good overall, nicks and a little loss to the stock in a few spots, nothing substantial.
39.0" W x 8.0" H x 5.0" D
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