* A .56-50 RIMFIRE SPENCER MODEL 1865 REPEATING CARBINE BY THE BURNSIDE RIFLE COMPANY OF THE INDIAN WARS, CIRCA 1865, serial no. 12,227,
with 20in. barrel rifled with three grooves, block and blade front-sight and ladder rear-sight, the breech stamped 'SPENCER REPEATING RIFLE / PAT'D. MARCH 6, 1860 / MANUF'D AT PROV. R. I. / BY BURNSIDE RIFLE CO. MODEL 1865', action socket bearing the serial number 12,227, plain unmarked back-action lock with side hammer, two piece iron mounted walnut stock, the butt housing the seven round tubular magazine, the left butt stamped with two inspecting officer's cartouche's, half length fore-end with a single spring retained barrel band, good example with sharp stock probably never issued
Provenance: The Model 1865 Spencer featured a shorter barrel than the Model 1860, a slightly smaller bore size and accepted a modified cartridge, it arrived to late to see service during the Civil War but they were widely issued in the West becoming known as the Indian Wars model and a standard arm of the U.S. cavalry between 1865-1873
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Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament