1860 Spencer 56-56
This is a completely original, full-stock Spencer early Civil War model military rifle. Its 30” round barrel is chambered in .56-56 Spencer. “JLR”, a military inspector’s initials, are stamped just back from the lower tang.
“Demand for these weapons during operations in the East was so great that few of them reached the West before 1865. Those that did were guarded carefully…In a desperate fight at Platte Bridge Station in what is now Wyoming, troopers of the Eleventh Ohio Cavalry used their seven-shot repeaters with telling effect.” –Firearms of the American West (1985)
“The Indians are brave, but they are afraid of our Spencer carabines, which shoot 7 times without loading.” –Lt. Charles Springer, Twelfth Missouri Cavalry (1863)
Patented in 1860, the Spencer was the most successful military rifle that was produced and used in the Civil War. This Spencer is in very good, original condition. This is a rare quality for these models as most of these rifles were converted to sporting rifles after the war.