CIVIL WAR SECOND MODEL MAYNARD CARBINE

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Item Code: 1000-2584

Weapon has a 20” round barrel, no forend or comb, and measures a total length of 36½.” Black walnut stock has been lightly gone over but is in good condition and bears two very fine and sharp government cartouches on the left wrist area and a faint one on the right wrist. Fitted with a sling bar and saddle ring on the left side of the breech frame, the carbine has the folding two-leaf rear sight. Stock wears a slightly curved iron butt plate with about 60% of blue remaining. The round barrel has a partial octagonal breech stamped with the faint initials “J.M.” on left flat area and exhibits a slightly worn but clean blued finish. Remaining blue has thinned in some areas. Frame has good case colors, hammer retains original bluing, while the trigger guard also show some case colors. Bore has faint rifling. It appears clean but with a dull surface.

All stampings on the obverse frame are clear and read, “MANUFACTURED BY / MASS. ARMS CO. / CHICOPEE FALLS” in three lines. Reverse side clearly stamped “EDWARD MAYNARD / PATENTEE / MAY 27, 1851 / DEC. 6, 1859” in four lines. Carbine exhibits strong mechanics.

The 2nd Model Maynard carbine is widely regarded as one of the best performing and most accurate of all the cavalry arms used during the Civil War. The well-favored, metallic cartridge, breech-loading Maynard carbine was the invention of New Jersey doctor Edward Maynard who patented his first model carbine in 1851. Between 1863 and 1865, the U.S. Ordnance Dept. contracted for over 20,000 2nd Model single shot, percussion, .50 caliber carbines, that were produced by the Massachusetts Arms Company of Chicopee, Mass. Issued mostly to the Federal cavalry, the Maynard proved a lightweight, very serviceable and dependable carbine that saw extensive service in the field.  [ad]

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