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|W1474...Breechloader, Spencer seven shot rimfire carbine Model 1860, "56/56" cartridge, cavalry model fitted with saddle riding bar, .52cal., (#48901)
Carbine was manufactured by Spencer Repeating Rifle Co., Boston, Massachusetts, serial numbers run to about 67,000. This weapon revolutionized carbines, it was a repeater, capable of handling seven all weather or metallic rim fire cartridges at a time, providing a major advantage over the single shot paper cartridge percussion weapons previously employed. The so called "56 / 56" cartridge was used, this meant that the side of the cartridge fitted over the bullet was straight, however the bullet and bore are smaller at approximately .52 caliber. Seven cartridges were loaded by a magazine tube fitted through the butt. The magazine had an internal spring, cartridge was readied by raising and lowering a lever also serving as a trigger guard. The hammer striker head is flat and wider than the receiver, leaving an edge not aligned with the receiver. Chamber edges are sharp, bore has six lands and grooves. Carbine is fitted with an iron buttplate with hole and catch to secure the magazine tube, single iron band, Spencer long range sight. Intended for cavalry use, saddle bar and ring installed on left side for hanging from a sling, strap hook on bottom of butt. Mark on top of frame: "SPENCER REPEATING - / RIFLE CO. BOSTON. MASS. / PAT'D MARCH 6. 1860. ". Serial number on rear of frame. Cartouches on the left side on the butt are typically weak, additional inspector marks may appear on the receiver, and barrel. Barrel length, 22in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-086. Standard model fitted with saddle riding bar for cavalry.
Serial number, 48901. Metal appearance pleasing and uncleaned, with smooth grey patina, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, cartouches are visible, sight intact, band intact, bar and riding ring intact, strap swivel hook intact, bore is clean, rifling definite, mechanics fully functional.