CIVIL WAR Antique GALLAGER Union CAVALRY Carbine
Breech Loading Saddle Ring Carbine
Here we present an antique Gallager Cavalry Carbine, made by the company Richardson & Overman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1860 through May of 1865. Ironically, the designer of this Union carbine, Mahlon J. Gallager, was a resident of South Carolina. All but 5,000 of the 18,000 guns produced during the years of the war were made at the factory as percussion guns. This example is one of those 5,000 which was not, but instead fitted with a firing pin and an extractor for the 56-52 Spencer cartridge. Per Flayderman, “The Gallager saw extensive service during the Civil War. Among the many cavalry regiments armed with it were the 2nd, 3rd and 6th Ohio, the 13th Tennessee and the 3rd West Virginia.”
The rear of the lock is marked “GALLAGER/PATENT JULY 17TH, 1860”. The front of the lock is marked “MANUFACTD BY RICHARDSON & OVERMAN/PHILADA”.
The overall condition is good. The metal surfaces have an even gray patina. The markings are clear and legible. Stock is in good shape. The bore is in good shape with strong rifling. The percussion nipple cleanout screw is absent. The action on this carbine is excellent.
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Barrel is 22-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .54 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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