Antique SPENCER REPEATING RIFLE Co. 24 Gauge Shotgun
CIVIL WAR & WILD WEST with STABLER CUT-OFF Device
Here we present an antique Spencer Repeating Rifle Co. Army Model Saddle Ring Carbine to Shotgun Conversion, 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 one was given a new purpose after the war’s end. It was turned into a shotgun, having a new barrel and the sling ring bar removed.
The overall condition is good. Original patina. The action is excellent. The bore is in good shape and smooth. The stock shows some long, stable splits along the grain and remains solid overall. Magazine tube is presently stuck.
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Barrel is 28 inches.
Caliber: 24 Gauge (.58 Caliber)
LOP: 13 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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