Approximately 14,494 Spencer carbines in this configuration, with the Stabler cut-off, were manufactured for government contract by the Burnside Rifle Company circa 1865. The top of the barrel is marked "M 1865" at the breech. The top of the receiver has the three-line address/patent date marking. The left side of the stock has two U.S. script letter cartouches. It has a ladder rear sight graduated to 900 yards, saddle ring on the left side of the stock and six groove rifling. Many of these late Spencer carbines were used into the late 19th century Indian Wars. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection
Fine. The barrel retains 85% plus original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. The barrel band is a smooth brown patina. The remaining metal surfaces retain 25% of original case colors in the protected areas, otherwise faded to a silver gray patina. The wood is also fine with minimal surface chipping and minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent.
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