Spencer Model 1865 Carbine in .56-50 Spencer Caliber
Guns International #: 100988539 Seller's Inventory #: CBP18-39
Category: Spencer Rifles - Military Rifles - Antique
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Seller: Antique & Modern Firearms, Inc.
Company: Antique & Modern Firearms, Inc.
Member Since: 4/27/15
First Name: Charles
Last Name: Layson
Country: United States
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This Spencer Model 1865 Carbine is an excellent all-original example with an exceptional bore. The Spencer Model 1865 Carbine was made just after the end of the Civil War in 1865 until late 1866 by the Spencer Repeating Rifle Company in Boston, MA.. The serial number range was from 1 to approximately 23,000. They featured a 20" inch barrel with 6-groove rifling chambered for the .56-50 Spencer cartridge. Approximately half of the production was fitted with the Stabler magazine cutt-off. The Burnside Rifle Company also made a contract run of the 1865 Model Spencer and had their own serial number range from 1 to 34,000. The Burnside made carbines are marked on top of the receiver with the Burnside maker mark. The Spencer Model 1865 was used extensively by the U.S. Military in the Indian Wars in the American West, and also served in other countries all over the world such as Mexico and France where it was used in the Franco Prussian War in 1871. It was eventually replaced in American service by the Trapdoor Springfield design in the 1870's. This example is a Spencer-made Model 1865 and is 100% original and fully functional. As you can see in the pictures, the case colored receiver has faded out in the exposed areas to a gray/brown color but still shows some original colors in the protected areas. With the lever in the down position and the breech block lowered you can see a lot of the original case colors on the internals. The top of the reciever is stamped with the Spencer firm maker's mark. The original blue finish on the barrel has also turned to a brown/blue, but it has a nice even patina to it. Both the front sight and adjustable rear sight are in excellent condition and function properly. The barrel is stamped on the top near the receiver "M.1865". The bore in this Spencer is amazing. It looks "like-new", it is bright and minty. The rifling still shows sharp lands and gooves and there is no pitting or erosion whatsoever. The original Walnut stock set is in great shape overall. It shows handling marks and small dents and dings but is completely free from cracks or repairs. The factory applied assembly marks are still visible as well as both the Spencer factory inspectors initials on top of the buttstock, and the U.S. Military inspector's cartouches ("DAT" in script) on the left side of the wrist. The action on this carbine works smoothly and locks up tight. The hammer still has both the half cock and full cock positions intact, and the trigger breaks cleanly. Everything on this Model 1865 works 100% like it did when it left the factory. If you have been looking for a nice all-original Spencer carbine for your collection that is still fully functional and attractive enough to display, this would be an excellent choice. The Spencer Carbines were such an important evolution in design for U.S. Military arms that no antique weapons collection is complete without one.
Model: Model 1865 Carbine
Serial Number: 5707
Caliber: .56-50 Spencer
Condition: Very Good
Manufacture Date: 1865