SCARCE FIRST MODEL MAYNARD CARBINE

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Item Code: 1000-406

Here is a .35 caliber, First Model Maynard carbine. The single-shot, breech-loading early Maynard carbine used a separate primed metallic cartridge and was the invention of New Jersey doctor Edward Maynard who patented his first model carbine in 1851. In 1857, the US government contracted 400 first model carbines and though many more were used, no other official government contracts are recorded. Produced in 1858 and 1859, total estimates of the early models range to the 5,000 count and utilized the Maynard tape priming system for ignition.

The percussion weapon measures nearly 37” long with a black walnut shoulder stock. Wood is in good condition with no cartouches visible. The round, 20” long, three-groove barrel includes a 5” long octagonal section at the breech. Early serial number “363” stamped under barrel. Barrel exhibits some slight movement / wear at the receiver hinge. There is a 3 ½” long, folding tang sight, a standard open rear sight, and a blade front sight. Walnut stock is untouched and wears a pleasing patina. The heavy iron buttplate accommodates an iron patchbox that is stamped “MAYNARD PATENTEE / MAY 27, 1851 / JUNE 17, 1856” in three lines. Gunmetal has a light gray/pewter patina with mottled surface.  No original case color. Frame is stamped “MAYNARD ARMS CO. / WASHINGTON” in two lines on the right side. No stamping on left side of frame. Weapon has no sling bar with saddle ring.

Bore is clean and bright with light rifling. Maynard primer feed system operates perfectly. Mechanics need a little work, probably just a spring, as hammer cocks but does not hold unless you push trigger forward. Screw heads show light wear but are not torn up.

Extremely rare, this low-numbered First Model Maynard carbine is a fine example of a cavalry arm popular with both sides during the Civil War.  [jet]

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