NICE “5TH MODEL” BURNSIDE CARBINE

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Item Code: 1117-202

This is the Burnside single shot percussion carbine, Model 1864, aka "5th model". It is a .54 caliber carbine manufactured by the Burnside Rifle Co., in Providence, Rhode Island. General Ambrose Burnside, was an official in the company before the war but was not involved in wartime development of the weapon. Approximately 43,000 carbines of this model were produced. This model represented only modest improvements over the earlier models, most notably being the placement of a guide screw on the right side in the middle of the receiver, this improvement facilitated smoother operation during loading.

Standard features include an iron buttplate, single iron barrel band and band spring, saddle ring and bar on left side, double iron trigger guard/loading lever, hinged leaf-sight, sling swivel, and a chamber tapered for unique Burnside metal cartridge with a priming hole in the bottom for percussion ignition.

The maker’s marks on top of frame read, “BURNSIDE’S PATENT / MODEL OF 1864”. Also stamped “CAST STEEL 1864” on the barrel. Serial number 4092 appears on the top of the barrel breech and receiver. Lock plate stamped “BURNSIDE RIFLE CO. / PROVIDENCE = R.I.” There is one worn cartouche visible. Barrel length is 20 inches. Metal appearance is overall clean and smooth, presenting a nice mix of light brown and gray patinas. The bore is clear and bright with scattered light pitting. Rifling is strong.

The two-piece wood stock has been cleaned and refinished, now presenting a smooth, light tone with very few minor dings. This is a nice, clean, displayable Civil War carbine with low serial number.   [jet] [ph:L]

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