This is a real nice Civil War 1864 Joslyn Carbine. Serial number 8050, all matching. Designed for field use with Federal horse soldiers. The Joslyn was simple to use and employed a rim fire cartridge very much like the Spencer’s .56-.56 cartridge or its own special .54 Joslyn cartridge. Joslyn’s unique loading arrangement consisted of pulling out the breechblock knob, pivoting the breechblock up and to the left and then inserting the round. The barrel is fitted with a pinched blade front sight and two-leaf folding rear sight. The Joslyn was an effective and popular carbine that was widely issued to Federal Cavalry throughout the Civil War. The following Cavalry units listed as having the Model 1864 Joslyn carbines: 2nd California; 4th & 8th Indiana; 2nd Kentucky; 4th Missouri; 1st Nebraska; 11th Ohio; 9th Pennsylvania; 13th Tennessee; 2nd & 3rd West Virginia; 1st Wisconsin, and the 3rd and 5th U.S. Colored. Its 22" barrel retains much of its original bluing now turned a dark patina with some minor surface pitting. The double click firing mechanism is strong and functional. The walnut stock is in real nice condition, just usual handling marks. There are no cracks or splits. No visible cartouches present. The three groove bore is clean with some pitting. Casehardened Lockplate,darken with age, still shows JOSLYN FIRE ARMS Co., STONINGTON, CONN, 1864. Rear of breech block and still visible B.F. JOSLYN’S PATENT, OCTOBER 8th 1861, JUNE 24th 1862. The heel of the buttplate is marked "US". In my opinion the overall condition is very good for a 148 year old Civil War carbine. This rare, hard to find collectable is priced to sell. It is also listed elsewhere and listing is subject to close, if sold. This is considered an Antique, no FFL required.
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