MAYNARD CARBINE COMBINATION TOOL

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In addition to devising a tape priming system, Dr. Edward Maynard patented a breech-loading carbine that was very well regarded. Lowering the triggerguard raised the breech for insertion of a metallic cartridge with a wide base to ease extraction and provide a better gas seal, and a small hole in the base to permit ignition by a primer, at first his tape priming system and then by conventional percussion caps. The U.S. government contracted for 20,000 of his .50 caliber carbines in June 1863 and deliveries started in June 1864. Ironically, Confederate cavalry had used his .35 caliber versions from the very start, many units obtaining them privately as militia organizations before the outbreak of hostilities.

This is a nice example of the Maynard combination tool forming a nipple wrench and screw driver that would be carried in the implement pouch on the cartridge box of any trooper carrying a Maynard. This came from the collections of the Philadelphia War Library and Museum recently dispersed at auction. The condition is excellent and it is a key piece to display with a Maynard.  [sr] [ph:L]

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