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Item Code: 218-350
This Palmer carbine is a bolt action, single-shot, .50 caliber rimfire carbine made by the E. G. Lamson Company of Windsor, Vermont. One of an estimated quantity of 1,001 such carbines produced, this carbine was the first bolt action metallic cartridge firearm accepted by the US Ordnance Department for issuance to the service. The Lamson company gained its contract for the Palmer carbine after the war in June 1865 and the arm was never issued. This carbine is in very excellent condition, as are most of the Palmers found. The firearm had a bolt action operation that used a short handled bolt at the rear of the breech that when pulled back and opened, exposed the chamber for loading the rimfire round.
A 20” barrel is secured to the stock via a single barrel band. Barrel bluing has turned to a pleasing dark plum patina overall and does show areas of light pitting and oxidation. Rifled bore is mint. Vivid case colors on the lockplate and hammer, as well as on the lockplate screws. Lockplate stamped with “U.S. / E. G. LAMSON. & CO. / WINDSOR. VT” in front of hammer. Stamped “1865” behind the hammer. Receiver bolt marked on top with “Wm. PALMER / PATENT / DEC. 22, 1863”. A deep government inspector cartouche found on the left flat of the stock opposite the hammer. Excellent stock retains almost all of its feathering effect but does have a few dings and scuffmarks from handling and storage.
This is a very fine condition Palmer carbine would certainly enhance any military cavalry display or arms collection.
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