Civil War Spencer Rifles & Carbines

During the Civil War, a total of 45,733 Model 1860 carbines and 11,471 Model 1860 rifles were produced under U.S. Army Ordnance Department contracts.

I Have This Old Gun: Model 1860 Spencer Carbine

Engineer Christopher Miner Spencer was one of those 19th century Yankee polymaths who was responsible for a huge number of different, fascinating contrivances. But it was his eponymous repeating rifle that really established his place in the hierarchy of American inventors.

Excels All Others: The Spencer Carbine

During the American Civil War, the best carbine used by cavalry troopers on either side was the seven-shot, repeating Spencer. The Model 1860 and 1865 Spencer carbines saw service into the Indian Wars and were replaced by an arguably inferior arm, the “Trapdoor” carbine.


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