CIVIL WAR Antique SPENCER REPEATING RIFLE CO. Saddle Ring CARBINE
Early Repeater Famous During CIVIL WAR & WILD WEST
Here we present an antique Spencer Repeating Rifle Co. Army Model Saddle Ring Carbine, made circa 1861 to 1865 in Boston, Massachusetts, during the Civil War. The Spencer is a lever-action repeating rifle designed by Christopher Spencer in 1860, leading some to refer to this example as the “Model 1860”. 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.
The Spencer was the world’s first military metallic cartridge repeating rifle, and over 200,000 examples were manufactured in the United States by the Spencer Repeating Rifle Co. and Burnside Rifle Co. between 1860 and 1869. The Spencer repeating rifle was adopted by the Union Army, especially by the cavalry, during the American Civil War but did not replace the standard issue muzzle-loading rifled muskets in use at the time. Among the early users was George Armstrong Custer. This Spencer carbine was a shorter and lighter version designed for the cavalry.
The overall condition is fair. Untouched patina. The action (hammer/trigger) is strong. The cartridge keeper lever and rear sight are absent. The front sight is a period replacement and there are signs that this one had a peep sight mounted at the top of the wrist of the stock. The bore is in very good condition, bright with sharp rifling. The stock shows a lot of use and has stable cracks or splits throughout. The hammer spur was chipped long ago and was worn smooth with use. An example of a wartime Spencer carbine that was obviously used well after the war by a civilian.
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .52 Spencer
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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