HAND-CHECKERED BURNSIDE-SPENCER 1865 SRCarbine Antique Saddle Ring Carbine Made in Providence, RI
Guns International #: 101299047 Seller's Inventory #: 190098
Category: Burnside Rifles - Civil War Carbines
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HAND-CHECKERED BURNSIDE-SPENCER 1865 SRCarbine
Antique Saddle Ring Carbine Made in Providence, RI
Here we present an antique Burnside Contract Spencer Model 1865 Carbine, made circa 1865 by contract by the Burnside Rifle Company in Providence, Rhode Island. The Spencer was a very successful carbine that was desirable on Civil War battlefields due to its handy size, accuracy, and rate of fire. The magazine tube in the butt holds 7 shots and a captured Confederate soldier is quoted as saying that you “load in the morning and fire all day!” The inventor, Christian Spencer, had the unique opportunity to personally instruct President Abraham Lincoln as he test-fired the rifle, resulting in more military sales.
This specimen is one of the Burnside Contract, making it scarcer than those made by the Spencer Repeating Rifle Company. Out of the 34,000 made by Burnside, over 30,000 were purchased by the U.S. government. The top of the frame is marked “SPENCER REPEATING RIFLE/PAT’D MARCH 6, 1860/MANUF’D AT PROV. R.I./BY BURNSIDE RIFLE CO.” and “Model 1865”. Inspection marks can be seen throughout. The forearm has been somewhat primitively hand-checkered for additional purchase.
The overall condition is good. The iron parts have a gray patina. The markings are clear. The walnut stock is in good shape. The bore is in very good condition with sharp rifling. The action is excellent.
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Barrel is 20 inches.
Caliber: .50 Spencer
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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