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Item Code: G2952
The Model 1860 Spencer carbine, a .52 caliber, 7-shot metallic rimfire cartridge repeating carbine was invented and patented by Manchester, Connecticut native Christopher M. Spencer. This firearm proved to be the most successful of the Civil War. Carbine bears low serial # 20876, with an overall length of 39” and a weight of 8 lbs., 4 oz.
In excellent condition, carbine has a 22” long barrel fitted to its two piece walnut stock / fore-end that looks to have not been refinished. Barrel has a modified, open rear sight in place of the sliding “V” notch elevation bar. Front brass blade sight is original. No original colors remain but all the metal exhibits a smooth, pleasing, gray color overall. Bore exhibits the six land and groove rifling and is strong and semi-bright. Would clean up to bright. Original fore-end is tight and strong with just normal marks from use. Original shoulder stock shows normal dings, scratches and light indentations resulting from wear and use. Clearly visible is a saddle-wear groove on the left side of stock. Top flat of the receiver, forward of the hammer, was stamped with “SPENCER REPEATING / RIFLE CO. BOSTON MASS / PAT’S MARCH 6, 1860” in three clear lines. Serial # is located at the rear of the breech near the hammer. Carbine sling bar tight. Sling ring slightly distorted from use.
Single large government cartouche visible on the stock behind the bar tang. Various sub-inspector marks stamped on carbine gun metal. Lock screws are in good condition and not buggered up. Other metal surfaces of the carbine appear dark and exhibit just scattered pinprick rusting. Iron butt plate and magazine tube are strong and tight and both wear a mottled light gray coloring. Carbine exhibits crisp, strong mechanics and retains its iron swivel ring under the stock. This Civil War Model 1860 Sharps carbine is an excellent representative weapon used by the Federal cavalry.
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