INDIAN WARS Antique 1865 BURNSIDE Contract SPENCER
Antique Saddle Ring Carbine Made in Providence, RI
Here we present an antique Burnside Contract Spencer Model 1865 Carbine, made circa 1865 by contract by the Burnside Rifle Company in Providence, Rhode Island. The Spencer was a very successful carbine that was desirable on Civil War battlefields due to its handy size, accuracy, and rate of fire. The magazine tube in the butt holds 7 shots and a captured Confederate soldier is quoted as saying that you “load in the morning and fire all day!” The inventor, Christian Spencer, had the unique opportunity to personally instruct President Abraham Lincoln as he test-fired the rifle, resulting in more military sales.
This specimen is one of the Burnside Contract, making it scarcer than those made by the Spencer Repeating Rifle Company. Out of the 34,000 made by Burnside, over 30,000 were purchased by the U.S. government. The top of the frame is marked “SPENCER REPEATING RIFLE/PAT’D MARCH 6, 1860/MANUF’D AT PROV. R.I./BY BURNSIDE RIFLE CO.” and “Model 1865”.
The overall condition is fine. Bright case colors are present on the receiver. The blue finish on the barrel is 80%. The markings are clear. The walnut stock shows two good government inspector cartouches and remains smooth and solid. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. The action is excellent, strong and crisp. This is a superior example of what could be considered the most innovative repeating carbine of its time!
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Barrel is 20 inches.
Caliber: .50 Spencer
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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