How did the Spencer carbine work?
The Spencer was a lever action repeating rifle that held seven metallic cartridges in the stock. To fire the weapon, the lever was moved back and forth to eject a spent cartridge case and load a new one. However, the hammer had to be manually cocked before pulling the trigger.
Why didn’t they use repeaters in the Civil War?
Mostly because repeating rifles were just becoming viable technology- by wars end, several repeaters were in limited use-most notably the Henry . 44 and the Spencer.
Where was the Spencer model 1865 carbine made?
The Spencer Model 1865 Carbine was made just after the end of the Civil War in 1865 until late 1866 by the Spencer Repeating Rifle Company in Boston, MA.. The serial number range was from 1 to approximately 23,000. They featured a 20″ inch barrel with 6-groove rifling chambered for the .56-50 Spencer cartridge.
When did the Spencer repeating carbine go out of business?
After the war demand for the Spencer declined and the Company went out of business in September 12, 1869. Its assets were purchased at auction by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company in 1870. Which brings us to this fine example of an 1865 Spencer Repeating Carbine which has the Stabler Cut-Off Device.
What kind of ammunition was used in the Spencer carbine?
Two versions of the Spencer were manufactured by both the Burnside Rifle Company (30,496) and the Boston Rifle Factory that was owned and operated by Christopher Spencer (64,685) for a total of 95,181 weapons and 58,238,924 cartridges. The 56-52 and 56-50 rim fire metallic cartridges were used in the Spencer Carbines.
What was the first repeating carbine in the Civil War?
The Spencer is considered the first successful repeating carbine to fire a metallic cartridge. Men from both the North and South agreed that the Spencer had a hand in turning the tides of the War in favor of the North.