1860s .50 Cal GALLAGER Carbine from the CIVIL WAR Early Breach Loader Used in The Civil War & Wild West
Guns International #: 101329513 Seller's Inventory #: 190128
Category: Civil War Rifles - Military Rifles - Antique
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1860s .50 Cal GALLAGER Carbine from the CIVIL WAR
Early Breach Loader Used in The Civil War & Wild West
Here we present an antique Civil War Richardson & Overman Gallager Patent Percussion Carbine manufactured in the early 1860s. This carbine was invented by South Carolina native Mahlon Gallager, who licensed the design to Richardson and Overman of Philadelphia for production. On August 31, 1861, the first Gallager was sold to the U.S. Army. 22,728 Gallager carbines were purchased during the Civil War and saw extensive use as a cavalry arm with the Union troops. Both percussion and metallic cartridge versions of the Gallager carbine were manufactured, but extraction problems with both cartridge types made this rifle somewhat unpopular with the troops that used it. This carbine fired an unprimed .50 caliber cartridge with a brass foil and paper-wrapped case. Ignition was provided by the percussion cap. A major fault of these carbines was the absence of a suitable extractor. The case had to be extracted with a knife or some other sharp tool. When the trigger guard lever is lowered, the barrel slides out from the frame and tips downward to receive the cartridge.
This cavalry carbine was known to be used by the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th Ohio, the 13th Tennessee and the 3rd West Virginia cavalries.
This one in particular looks as though it was used a great deal later than the Civil War. It certainly has the look. The finish is gone, replaced with a gray patina. The markings remain clear. The walnut stock shows honest wear and exposure to the elements. There is a small diamond shape carved into the left side of the butt stock, and a small star or asterisk character behind the trigger guard. The sling ring has an old leather thong tied to it that would help silence the rattle of the ring on the frame and the stock. The bore is near fine, shiny with sharp rifling. The action remains excellent. One can imagine this going to a civilian after the war and it being someone’s primary long arm for many decades. It is simple, short and handy and one could make their own cartridges for it. A neat old carbine!
The overall condition is very good. Iron parts are gray with age. The markings are clear. The walnut stock is in good condition. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. The action is excellent. A well-used and well-cared for carbine!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 22 3/8 inches.
Caliber: .50 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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