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U.S. Spencer Model 1865: Serial Number 45599; wooden butt stock with steel butt plate and steel sling swivel at bottom; butt plate has release for seven round magazine; steel breech with side hammer; steel trigger guard/loading lever wooden forestock with single steel barrel band; round steel barrel with adjustable rear sight and blade front sight. Manufactured by C. M. Spencer of South Manchester, Connecticut, it was first patented on March 6, 1860. 77,181 carbines were purchased by the government during the Civil War making it one of the most common carbines issued to cavalry regiments. Its seven shot magazine with copper cartridges and lever action breech loading mechanism made it one of the most effective carbines used.
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