SCARCE JOSLYN “TRANSITIONAL” MODEL 1862 CARBINE

$2,595.00
Originally $2,750.00

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The Joslyn carbine Model 1862, often referred to as the First Model, was a cavalry weapon that used an innovative pivoting breechblock system invented and patented by Massachusetts gun designer Benjamin Franklin Joslyn in 1855. Under his June 1862 government contract, the Joslyn Fire Arms Company of Stonington, Connecticut, produced his first rimfire model carbine now designated as the Model 1862.

Designed for field use with Federal cavalry, the Joslyn carbine fired a standard Spencer rimfire cartridge of .52 caliber. Joslyn’s unique loading arrangement consisted of opening up the hinged breechblock, pivoting the breechblock to the left and then inserting a single round. The method of opening the breech on the original model 1862 used a hook-type friction latch. This carbine employs the later model pull-out knob latch. Fladerman’s guide lists this a scarce transitional detail between the m-62 and m-64 carbines.

This weapon is in very good condition and exhibits a pleasing appearance with walnut stock and brass furniture. Carbine bears serial #3021 on top of the breechblock, on the barrel tang, and on the case extractor.

The 22” round barrel retains its original blue. Bore is bright with good rifling. Weapon has an overall length of 38¾”. Case hardened lockplate retains a dark color. Lockplate is stamped “JOSLYN FIRE ARMS Co / STONINGTON / CONN.” in front of the hammer. Top surface of the hinged breechblock exhibits patent stampings “B.F. JOSLYN’S PATENT / OCTOBER 8TH 1861 / JUNE 1862 / 3021”. Two-leaf rear sight has a “V” notch and sits at the rear of the barrel while at the front is a small pinched blade sight. Mechanics remain strong.

One-piece walnut stock with the forend secured by a single brass barrel band. Stock is in good condition and displays moderate dings and scratches from use and storage. The sling bar and sling ring are tightly attached to the left side of stock. Two strong government cartouches visible on the left side of stock above the ring bar. Brass buttplate has small inspector’s mark on the butt tang. Brass trigger guard and butt plate exhibit a nice aged patina.

This Joslyn “transition” Model 1862 carbine is a wonderful weapon representative of those used by the Federal cavalry in the Civil War and would enhance any military display or weapons collection. [jet]

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