CIVIL WAR Antique GALLAGER Union CAVALRY Carbine
Breech Loading Saddle Ring Carbine
Here we present an antique Gallager 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 lock is marked “GALLAGER/PATENT JULY 17TH, 1860” and “MANUFACT’D BY/ RICHARDSON & OVERMAN/PHILAD”. The top of the barrel is marked with the initials “J.M.D.”
The overall condition is good. The metal surfaces are dark with age. The markings are clear and legible. The stock has been repaired at the wrist with a large screw entering from the comb. The bore is in great shape, bright with strong rifling. The action on this carbine is strong.
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Barrel is 22-3/8 inches.
Caliber: .56-52 Spencer
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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