The Palmer carbine holds the distinction of being the first metallic cartridge bolt action firearm ever adopted by the U.S. Ordnance Department. The bolt does not contain a firing pin and is simply used to seat the cartridge and seal the breech. It fires with a traditional side lock. Approximately 1,001 of these carbines were ordered on contract by the U.S. government late in the Civil War but were delivered too late to see action. It has small "M.M" (Miles Moulton) inspector initials on the left of the breech, left stock flat and top of the stock ahead of the buttplate tang, and a circled script "MM" inspection cartouche on the left stock flat. Provenance: The Gary Bisackie Collection; The Ron Bucholtz Collection
Excellent plus, as issued, serving as a true time capsule. 98% plus original plum blue finish remains on the barrel with a few minor scratches. 99% plus vibrant original case colors on the lock, hammer, bolt handle, trigger guard, and buttplate. Wood is also excellent plus with attractive original raised grain and rich oil finish, distinct edges, a few light handling marks, and an exceptionally crisp cartouche. Mechanically excellent. This outstanding example of a scarce Civil War era Palmer carbine is one of the finest examples Rock Island Auction Company has ever cataloged, a significant piece in the development of military arms as well as firearms in general, and would make an excellent addition to any U.S. Martial collection!
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