CIVIL WAR Antique SPENCER Union Cavalry Carbine
Iconic Civil War & Wild West Early Repeater
Here we present a Spencer Civil War Repeating Saddle Ring Carbine, manufactured circa 1863-1865 in Boston, Massachusetts. These lever-operated, breech-loading rifles were marvels of the time and had an 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 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.
The top of the barrel is marked “SPENCER REPEATING/BOSTON, MASS/PAT’D MARCH 6 1860”.
The overall condition is very good. The blue finish has turned brown with age. The markings are clear. The serial numbers match. The walnut stock shows period use and some environmental related cracks along the grain of the butt stock. The bore is in good condition with strong, sharp rifling. The action is excellent.
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .52 Spencer
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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