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« on: December 04, 2017, 06:42:47 pm »

Spencer Repeating Carbine M1960 serial Number 41926

Carbine is in Canada.

This is the gem of my collection.  This is a beautiful example of a Spencer Repeating Carbine.  This one was in the American Civil War and looks like there were two possible units that this Spencer may have been issued to :
(1) Company G, 3rd Iowa Volunteer Cavalry (no date is given for when issue was made)
(2) Company G, 72nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry, issued on 12/22/1864

(A fellow CanadianGunNut told me that he checked all four volumes of "Serial Numbers of U.S. Martial Arms" for Spencer Repeating Firearm serial number 41926. They list serial number 41962 as issued to Co. G 3rd Iowa Vol Cav.  There were a block of carbines listed as being issued to this unit.)

This Carbine was not modified after the war like the many of the Spencer Carbines and Rifles which adds to its uniqueness.  It does not have the Stabler magazine cut-off, remains in the 56 rim fire Spencer.52 cal. cartridge and retains substantial original receiver markings.  It has the long blade extractor.  The action is very smooth.

I am asking $2500 CAD as these fetch above $3000 USD south of the boarder, I will consider any offers with reasonable/logical rationale :d.  I cannot accept trades at this time.  Please also let me know if you have any questions or need more pictures.  
 Shipping is extra. (Pictures at the end of the ad, link to more pics:

Some History, though likely if you are looking then you likely know all about it:
The Spencer repeating rifle was a manually operated lever-action, repeating rifle fed from a tube magazine with cartridges. It was adopted by the Union Army, especially by the cavalry, during the American Civil War, but did not replace the standard issue muzzle-loading rifled muskets in use at the time. The Spencer carbine was a shorter and lighter version.

The design was completed by Christopher Spencer in 1860, and was for a magazine-fed, lever-operated rifle chambered for the 56-56 Spencer rimfire cartridge. Unlike later cartridge designations, the first number referred to the diameter of the case ahead of the rim, while the second number referred to the diameter at the mouth; the actual bullet diameter was .52 inches. Cartridges were loaded with 45 grains (2.9 g) of black powder.

To use the Spencer, a lever had to be worked to extract the used shell and feed a new cartridge from the tube. Like the Springfield Model 1873 Trapdoor Rifle, the hammer had to be manually cocked in a separate action. The weapon used rimfire cartridges stored in a seven-round tube magazine, enabling the rounds to be fired one after another. When empty, the tube could be rapidly loaded either by dropping in fresh cartridges or from a device called the Blakeslee Cartridge Box, which contained up to thirteen (also six and ten) tubes with seven cartridges each, which could be emptied into the magazine tube in the buttstock.

There were also 5652, 5650, and even a few 5646 versions of the cartridge created, which were necked down versions of the original 5656. Cartridge length was limited by the action size to about 1.75 inches, and the later calibers used a smaller diameter, lighter bullet and larger powder charge to increase the power and range over the original 5656 cartridge, which, while about as powerful as the .58 caliber rifled musket of the time, was underpowered by the standards of other early cartridges such as the .5070 and .45-70.

At first, conservatism from the Department of War delayed its introduction to service. However, Christopher Spencer was eventually able to gain an audience with President Abraham Lincoln, who subsequently invited him to a shooting match and demonstration of the weapon. Lincoln was impressed with the weapon, and ordered that it be adopted for production.

The Spencer repeating rifle was first adopted by the United States Navy, and subsequently adopted by the United States Army and used during the American Civil War where it was popular. The South occasionally captured some of these weapons and ammunition, but, as they were unable to manufacture the cartridges because of shortages of copper, their ability to take advantage of the weapons was limited. Notable early instances of use included the Battle of Hoover's Gap (where Col. John T. Wilder's "Lightning Brigade" effectively demonstrated the firepower of repeaters), and the Gettysburg Campaign, where two regiments of the Michigan Brigade (under Brig. Gen. George Armstrong Custer) carried them at the Battle of Hanover and at East Cavalry Field. As the war progressed, Spencers were carried by a number of Union cavalry and mounted infantry regiments and provided the Union army with additional firepower versus their Confederate counterparts. President Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth was armed with a Spencer carbine at the time he was captured and killed.

The Spencer showed itself to be very reliable under combat conditions, with a sustainable rate-of-fire in excess of 20 rounds per minute. Compared to standard muzzle-loaders, with a rate of fire of 2-3 rounds per minute, this represented a significant tactical advantage. However, effective tactics had yet to be developed to take advantage of the higher rate of fire. Similarly, the supply chain was not equipped to carry the extra ammunition. Detractors would also complain that the smoke and haze produced was such that it was hard to see the enemy.

In the late 1860s, the Spencer company was sold to the Fogerty Rifle Company and ultimately to Winchester. With almost 200,000 rifles and carbines made, it marked the first adoption of a removable magazine-fed infantry rifle by any country. Many Spencer carbines were later sold as surplus to France where they were used during the Franco-Prussian War in 1870.

Despite the fact that the Spencer company went out of business in 1869, ammunition was sold in the United States up to about the 1920s. Later, many rifles and carbines were converted to centerfire, which could fire cartridges made from the centerfire .5070 brass.

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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 05:03:46 pm »

Im a new guy on the forum.Just bought a Spencer Carbine with a broken front trigger screw.
I got the 2 other screws out but I am not sure how to remove the plate because the trigger is in the way.
Any advise would be greatly appreciated....
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