This carbine easily ranks among of the finest U.S. contract Maynard carbines found. The Maynard carbines were among the best firearms available during the Civil War and were used and well-regarded by both sides. They were also one of the few weapon systems that were easily modified in the post-war era into metallic cartridge weapons which is no surprise given that Maynards already used metal cartridges that were essentially centerfire ignition but with an external primer. The Second Models were manufactured in 1864 and 1865, and some were delivered late in the war and were issued and used by 6th, 9th, and 11th Indiana Cavalry and the 10th and 11th East Tennessee Union Cavalry. It has a "pinched" blade front sight, three leaf rear sight (graduated for 100, 300, and 500 yards), "EDWARD MAYNARD/PATENTEE./MAY 27. 1851./DEC. 6. 1859." on the left side of the frame, "MANUFACTURED BY/MASS. ARMS CO./CHICOPEE FALLS." on the right side of the frame, single letter inspection marks on most of the components, the serial number on the lower tang, and a smooth, straight grain walnut stock with crisp boxed "AJN" and "JM" inspector cartouches on the left side of the wrist.
Excellent with 97% original barrel blue and 95% plus vivid case colors only faint handling and storage type marks and some light scratches. The wood is also excellent. Mechanically excellent.
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