This example is one of 2,000 Second Model Burnside carbines manufactured circa 1860-62. The second model is an improvement on the first model before it in that it now uses George P. Foster's patented breech-latch. The main distinguishing characteristic of the second model from the more common later examples is the absence of a forearm. It has a blade front sight, notch and folding leaf rear sight, a saddle ring and bar on the left side of the action, and a sling swivel on the bottom of the stock. Lock plate marked "BRISTOL FIREARM CO." and lever catch marked "G. P. FOSTER.PAT./APRIL 10TH 1860" on the right. Serial number "356" marked on top of the frame and breech block. "489" marked on the underside of the period replacement barrel. Some of these carbines were used by the 1st Rhode Island Infantry at the Battle of Bull Run in July 1861, and the remainder were issued to many Federal cavalry regiments including the 1st U.S. Cavalry. Nearly all of the Second Model Burnside carbines saw hard Civil War service with a low survival rate. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Fair, exhibiting signs of genuine Civil War use with smooth artificial brown patina visible in various areas, scattered light pitting, some mild pitting on top of the breech area, and mostly clear markings. Stock is very good with scattered light scratches and dents and a chip behind the left of the frame. Mechanically fine. This is a solid Civil War used example of a scarce Second Model Burnside Carbine.