CIVIL WAR Antique .50 SPENCER Carbine w INDIAN WARS SPRINGFIELD ALTERATION
Fantastically Preserved Historical Cavalry Carbine!
Here we present an antique Spencer Repeating Rifle Co. Army Model Carbine, made circa 1863-1865 in Boston, Massachusetts, during the Civil War.
These lever-operated, breech-loading rifles were marvels of the time and had a lasting impact on how war was to be fought in the future. Though their service life in the U.S. military was relatively short, the Spencer story includes Christopher Spencer, the inventor of the rifle, demonstrating and shooting with President Abraham Lincoln, who gave his full endorsement of the piece. Supposedly, during the battle at Gettysburg, a captured Rebel that day said one could “load in the morning and fire all day!” This was due to the Spencer’s most endearing quality: a 7-round magazine tube in the butt of the gun. This gave the shooter phenomenal firepower in a day when most soldiers were muzzle-loading single shots or even singly loading their breech-loading carbines. This is one of the iconic carbines of the Civil War and Western Frontier.
This Saddle Ring Carbine features the scarce post-war Springfield alteration that was performed to keep it current and running for the Indian Wars which were raging on the Western Frontier. This would have been an upgrade over the Trapdoor carbine in use at this time: the trapdoor a powerful single shot in .45-70 GOVT, whereas the Spencer still packed plenty of punch but with 7 in the rear-feed magazine tube!
The overall condition is near fine. The action is as strong as ever. The bore is shiny bright! Cartouche remains visible on the left wrist. This one has been there and done that and has survived to tell the tale in multiple conflicts!
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Barrel is 20-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .50 Spencer
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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