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Smith breech-loading percussion carbine, .50 caliber, Serial Number: 3730; patent date June 23, 1857; American black walnut butt stock; steel butt plate; steel receiver with exterior hammer and percussion ignition cone; large spring on top to break open breech at hinge; steel trigger guard with trigger and catch-release for receiver; round steel barrel with adjustable rear sight and front blade sight; black walnut forestock with one steel barrel band. Originally patented by Gilbert Smith , Falls, NY on August 5, 1856. 30,062 carbines were purchased by the US government from 1861-1865 for cavalry use during the Civil War, making it the fourth most common carbine issued. June 1998: Existing reproduction hammer reworked, rear site spring, front site and hammer screw replaced.
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