c1863 mfr. EARLY SPENCER Cavalry Rifle CIVIL WAR Antique Saddle Ring Carbine
Low Serial Number Army Model in .52 Rimfire!
Here we present an antique Spencer Repeating Rifle Co. Army Model Rifle, made circa 1863 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.
These early rifles were issued to cavalry units such as Custer’s 5th Michigan. This one was arsenal converted to a saddle ring carbine at some point.
The overall condition is very good. Original finish/patina. The markings are clear. The walnut stock has a couple of repaired injuries that are stable. The bore is in good shape with good rifling. The action is excellent. Here is a very early and likely first year production Spencer from the American Civil War!
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Barrel is 22-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .52 Spencer
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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