CIVIL WAR 2nd Model MAYNARD 1863 Cavalry Carbine
With Neat Frontier .50 Cal Centerfire Conversion!
Here we present an antique Maynard Second Model 1863 Cavalry Carbine, made by Massachusetts Arms Co. in Chicopee, Massachusetts, circa 1863 and converted sometime post-war. This Civil War carbine was a streamlined and simplified version of the first model, which was equipped with the Maynard Tape Priming System. Some of the first model was purchased in the South prior to the war. An interesting story regarding the Maynard is recorded in Benjamin Botkin’s A Civil War Treasury of Tales, Legends & Folklore, said to be the quote of Private Toby of the 1st Regiment of the Mississippi Army. The tall tale comes from The Intelligencer of Oxford, Mississippi, and at the end, Toby tells his mates “It’s a right big story, boys, but it’s true, sure as shooting. Nothing to do with Maynard rifle but to load her up, turn her North, and pull trigger. If twenty of them don’t clean out all Yankeedom, then I’m a liar, that’s all.”
This example represents an example used by various Union cavalry. Known and significant distribution and use occurred in the 9th & 11th Indiana, as well as the 11th Tennessee. It was generally well-liked, owing to its light weight, handling and simplicity. The lever simply tips the barrel down so that the breech is exposed for loading and unloading. Compared to a percussion muzzle-loader, it was much faster to put fire down range. The left side of the frame is marked “EDWARD MAYNARD/PATENTEE/MAY 27, 1851/DEC. 6, 1859”. The right side is marked “MANUFACTURED BY/MASS. ARMS CO./CHICOPEE FALLS”. The left side of the breech bears U.S. government inspector initial “W.” The cartouches on the left side of the butt stock are “JM” and “AJN”. After the war, this one was either purchased by the soldier or sold as surplus. It underwent a very unique conversion to centerfire that moved the hammer to the center of the recoil shield.
The overall condition is very good. The original blue finish is 40% or better with areas of heavy oxidation as seen near the muzzle. The markings are clear. The stock is in great shape with sharp cartouches. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. The action is a bit finicky but functional. Inspected for issue during the American Civil War, this carbine obviously continued to be used well after and has a really neat centerfire conversion the likes of which we have never seen!
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Barrel is 20 inch part octagon.
Caliber: .50 Centerfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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