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|W1438...Breechloader, Spencer seven shot rimfire carbine, Model 1865, "56/52" cartridge, cavalry model fitted with saddle riding bar, .5 cal., (#16738)
The model 1865 Spencer Carbine was manufactured by Burnside Rifle company, Providence Rhode Island. Approximately 34,000 were produced, serial numbers ran from 1 to 34000. The straight cartridge used for the Model 1860 carbine was replaced with a new tapered cartrige, referred to as "56 /52" or "56 /50", the actual bullet was either .52cal or .50cal. Burnside introduced 3 groove rifling, otherwise most of the Spencer design details were followed. The Model 1865 featured a shorter barrel, 20 inches, versus 22 inches. In addition the smooth thumbstall on the magazine was replaced with a ridged thumbstall, and the hammer was redesinged with a bevel to narrow the striking surface. Most were fitted with the Stabler cutoff, which effectively converted the repeater back to single shot, this slowed the shooting but reduced jams. Mark on top of frame: "SPENCER REPEATING RIFLE / PAT'D MARCH 6, 1860 / MANUF'D AT PROV.R.I. / BY BURNSIDE RIFLE CO." Additional vertical stamping "MODEL / 1865. ". Serial number on rear of frame. Cartouches on the left side on the butt are typically weak, additional inspector marks on the receiver, and barrel. Barrel length, 20in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-089.
Serial number, 16738, appears on rear of receiver. Metal appearance pleasing and uncleaned, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, sight intact, band intact, bar and riding ring intact, strap swivel hook intact, bore is clean, rifling definite, mechanics fully functional.