Iconic CIVIL WAR Antique SPENCER REPEATING RIFLE CO. CAVALRY CARBINE 52 Cal
Early Repeater Famous During Civil War & Wild West
Here we present an antique Spencer Repeating Rifle Co. Army Model Saddle Ring Carbine, made circa 1863-1865 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.
The overall condition is good. A dark patina and signs of weathering throughout. Strong action all around. The bore is mostly bright with good rifling remaining. This example has a solid walnut stock, but it is missing a chip on the toe. A great example of the great Spencer Carbine: arguably the best small arm of the American Civil War!
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .52 Spencer
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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