4,021 of these dual purpose pistol-carbines were manufactured. They were designed to be used as pistols when on horseback and as carbines when dismounted but did not prove satisfactory due to their limited rate of fire, poor accuracy, and awkward handling characteristics. The Maynard tape priming system was also found to be a weak spot and was abandoned by the U.S. military after the Model 1855 series. While these aspects proved to undermine the system and made their production run short, it has made them particularly desirable collector's items. This model is also one of only three handgun models ever manufactured at Springfield, a distinction they share with the Model 1817 flintlocks and famous Model 1911 semi-automatics. They were also the last single shot pistols manufactured at the national armories. Surviving examples and images from the period indicate they saw use in the Civil War. This example has the standard markings and features and is dated "1855" on the barrel tang and lock. The pommel cap is stamped "2", and a "1" is marked on the stock collar. The left stock flat is marked with "JT" script cartouche.
Very good plus with attractive natural aged patina on the brass furniture, light scattered brown patina and spots of mild oxidation on the untouched lock and barrel with sharp markings, mild scratches and dents on the fine pistol stock along with some small divots, and some scratches and dents on the very good shoulder stock. Mechanically fine.
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