Antique Civil War .50cal Percusstion Carbine. Smith's Patent made by Mass. Arms Chicopee Falls, MA. The Smith Carbine was a .50 caliber breech-loading rifle patented by Gilbert Smith on June 23, 1857 and successfully completed the Military Trials of the late 1850s About 30,000 of these carbines were made and almost all of them were used in the Union cavalry of the American Civil War. It was used by various cavalry units during the American Civil War. The Smith Carbine was unique in that it broke apart in the middle for loading and it used rubber cartridges which sealed the gases in the breech. The downside was that these cartridges were difficult to remove. The carbines were built by Massachusetts Arms Company of Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts; the American Machine Works in Springfield, Massachusetts; or the American Arms Company in Chicopee Falls. The name of the distributor for the manufacturer, Poultney & Trimble of Baltimore, Maryland, is often stamped on the carbine's receivers. Has a 4 digit serial number. The markings are clear and legible. The serial numbers match. The walnut stock shows typical handling of the period. If you have any other questions or would like to see more pictures email or call.
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