Here is a beautiful Spencer, Model 1860 Carbine in .50 Spencer Rimfire with a 22" barrel. This carbine was made by the Spencer Repeating Rifle Co., Boston, Mass. The appearance of these 8-shot repeaters gave the Union cavalry a substantial advantage toward the end of the Civil War. The Confederates called it the gun you could load on Sunday and shoot all week. The Spencer was one of the finest and the most famous firearms of the Civil War and has the distinction of being personally tested by Pres. Lincoln. It was designed by Christopher Spencer of Manchester, Conn.
This is a very nice example of a Spencer carbine. It appears to be in functioning condition and ready to fire, but I can’t honestly say because of the lack of ammo to test fire it. The metal has an overall pleasing appearance and has developed a very nice patina on the outer surfaces. As expected there are areas of pitting on some of external metal parts, but really not to bad for a hundred and forty year old. Most of the Spencer markings on the top of the receiver are legible as seen in a photo. Also visible are the two cartouche stamps on the stock (see photo) The bore has strong rifling and is in very good condition with just some slight pitting. The wood is a little dirty but in good condition. There are some small scratches, dings and a few dents, but no cracks or chips. The gun's serial number (51849) in this range places in the later part of the Civil War.
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