CIVIL WAR SECOND MODEL MAYNARD CARBINE

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Item Code: G3962

Presented here, in very good condition, is a 2nd Model Maynard carbine 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. During the Civil War, the U.S. Ordnance Dept contracted for over 20,000 single shot, percussion, .50 caliber, 2nd Model 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.

This very pleasing, all original specimen is a late production piece, serial # 11673, with a 20” round barrel, no forend or comb, and has a total length of 36 7/8”. Lightly cleaned, the handsome, black walnut stock exhibits a smooth hard surface and also bears two, strong government ‘cartouches’ on the reverse side. Dings and dents are at a very minimum. Fitted with a sling bar with saddle ring on the left side of the breech frame, the weapon also has a folding two-leaf rear sight and a slightly curved butt plate. The round barrel exhibits a gorgeous dark plum patina overall while the bore is absolutely minty with sharp, three-groove rifling. Barrel includes a 5” long octagonal section at the breech. Frame features light traces of the original case colors. Hammer as well as the trigger & trigger guard / operating lever are gray and show no original colors remaining.

All stampings on the frame are clear and sharp and read, “MANUFACTURED BY / MASS. ARMS CO. / CHICOPEE FALLS” in three lines on the obverse side while the reverse side is marked “EDWARD MAYNARD / PATENTED / MAY 27, 1851 / DEC. 6, 1859” in four lines. Sub-inspector stampings can also be found on the barrel’s left facet, sling bar and butt plate. Other metal surfaces of the carbine appear dark plum gray and exhibit scattered light pinprick rusting. Serial # is sharp and strongly stamped unto the lower tang. Carbine exhibits crisp mechanics and all screws are good. One slight blemish appears on the right side of frame below the hammer, else all is very good. This Second Model Maynard carbine is a wonderful representative cavalry arm of the Civil War at a most reasonable price. A fine adder to any military carbine display or collection.  [ra]

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