CIVIL WAR Antique SPENCER Carbine w SPRINGFIELD 1867-74 ALTERATION .50 Cal
Indian Wars Era Cavalry Carbine!
Here we present an antique Spencer Repeating Rifle Co. Army Model Carbine in .50 Spencer, 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 rare Springfield alteration circa 1867-74. About 1,215 received this treatment. The cartouche on the left side of the stock reads “ECW” for Sub-Ordnance Inspector E.C. Wheeler of the Springfield Armory.
The overall condition is very good. Lots of original blue finish on the barrel and case colors on the frame and breech block. The action is excellent. The bore is in very good shape with strong rifling. There is a thin, stable crack running along the magazine tube in the butt stock. A great piece of Americana!
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .50 Spencer
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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