SPRINGFIELD 1871 ALTERATION OF SPENCER CAVALRY CARBINE TO INFANTRY RIFLE

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Item Code: 218-546

This is a rare armory alteration of a Spencer in very good condition with a nice bore. Just 1,108 Burnside Model 1865 carbines were fitted with 32 ½ inch .50 caliber barrels and Stabler cutoffs at Springfield Armory in 1871. The wood to metal fit is tight for the both the buttstock and forestock. The wood has a mellow light brown tone. There are some small handling dings on the end of the buttstock at the buttplate, and some small chips forward of the buttplate tang, but the buttplate shows some case color and the magazine tube is in place. The ESA cartouche near the wrist is visible and strong. Sling bar and ring are intact. There is some light case color to the receiver near the wrist and breechblock when lowered, but all receivers were refinished by Springfield as part of the alteration process and the dominant color of the receiver and lockplate is muted silver spackled with gray and a little brown. The Stabler cutoff shows blue. The barrel has a thin caramel or plum brown color with just traces of blue near the receiver. The long-range rear sight has strong blue on top, thinning slightly on the sides, and has the leaf and slide in place. The forestock has crisp edges, good color matching the buttstock, and few handling marks. The bands show a thin blue. The cleaning rod, swivels on butt and band, and both sights are in place.

The top of the receiver has very sharp markings: the Model 1865 designation crosswise and the Spencer and Burnside information in four lines lengthwise. The barrel is sharply serial numbered at the left breech 30037, which was done by Springfield to match the number of the refinished receiver, which also shows here crisply.

This is a very good example of a scarce armory alteration of a Spencer.  [sr]

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