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Bisley Surrey, United Kingdom
Price: £1,450.00

Listing ID: 2928

Make : Smiths Carbine

Calibre : .50" Smooth Bore

Mechanism : Percussion Breech Loader.

Description: .50” American Civil War Union issue Smith carbine smooth bored for use as a shot gun with shot gun rear sight. Smith break barrel percussion action with hammer to the right side and release button to the front of the trigger guard is stamped to the left side MANUFACTURED BY AM’N M’CH’N WKS SPRINGFIELD MASS for manufacture by the American Machine Works and ADDRESS POULTNEY & TRIMBLE BALTIMORE U.S.A. (Smiths Agents) above sling bar and saddle ring. Walnut stock with regulation pattern iron furniture, the butt struck to the left front with a Union army inspectors mark within an oval. Octagonal to round smooth bored barrel with large closing spring to the top flat has been fitted with a fixed range open block shot gun site at the time of conversion with windage driftable front sight. Designed by Gilbert Smith of Buttermilk Falls New York the Smith was one of several very successful capping breech loaders that saw service with the Union army during the Civil War with among others the 3rd W.VA, 7th, 11 IIL, 1st Conn, 17th Penna, 6th, 9th Ohio and 1st Mass cavalry regiments all being so armed. Nearly all of the 30,000 guns produced were like this one purchased by the Union army. After the war and with the coming of centre fire rifles with which the US army rearmed the market was flooded with cheap surplus percussion arms which retailers such as Bannermans bought up and often then smooth bored for sale as shot guns to farmers and homesteaders as people moved west in search of a new life in the late 1860’s and 1870’s. This carbine has been smooth bored and the ladder rear sight replaced with a fixed U block better suited to use with shot or round ball at short ranges while game shooting for the pot. In good condition with good bore and mechanics, good strong locking spring and nice sharp wood with nice Union marking. Fading blue / brown finish to the barrel & action. A good Civil War issue Smith carbine with military history and much cheaper than a rifled example.

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