FINE Indian Wars US SPENCER Model 1865 Saddle Ring CARBINE Antique .50 Cal
1 of 24,000 Post-Civil War Carbines Produced
Here we present an antique U.S. Spencer Repeating Rifle Co. Model 1865 Repeating Carbine, made circa 1865-66 in Boston, Massachusetts, just after the close of the Civil War. The Model 1865 carbines were lever-operated, breech-loading rifles that 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. Approximately 34,500 Model 1865 Spencer carbines were produced by Burnside Rifle Co., along with another 24,000 made by Spencer Co.
The overall condition is fine. Original blue and case colors. This is a very crisp gun with only minor handling and storage marks on the stock. Crisp cartouches. Bright bore with sharp rifling. Excellent action. An exemplary Spencer Model 1865 cavalry carbine!
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Barrel is 20 inches.
Caliber: .50 Spencer
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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