This Smith carbine is absolutely factory new. The bore is perfect, (I would say on a scale of 1-10 it is an 11) the chamber has not been loaded, and the precussion nipple has not had a cap on it. The serial number is 281. The gun is an absolute museum piece. I don’t know what else I can say about this gun but if you have any questions at all you can email or call Joe @ 651 636 3791. I also have more pictures. This is an antique so it can be shipped direct with copy of picture ID. Here is a little history on the Smith carbine.
Smith carbine. The original Smith Carbine was patented by Gilbert Smith of Buttermilk Falls, New York on June 23, 1857, and successfully completed the Military Trials of the late 1850's. Significant quantities were ordered by the Union military authorities, who after all had to supply both Armies for most of the war. More than 30,000 were produced by the Massachusetts Arms Co. and American Machine Works of Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, with a few civilian specimens being sold by noted arms merchant Schulyer, Hartley and Graham of New York City. Schulyer, Hartley and Graham also sold the unique ammunition for the Smith Carbine.
Military sales of the Smith were handled by Poultney and Trimble of Baltimore, and units known to have received the Smith were the 3rd W. Va. CSV., the 7th and 11th Ill. Cavalry., the 1st Conn. Cavalry, the 7th and 17th Penn. Cavalry., the 6th and 9th Ohio Cavalry., and the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry
. The Smith was the fourth most purchased carbine during the Civil War. It was only made during the Civil War from 1861 into 1865. Almost the entire production of 30,000+ was bought by the Federal Government.
The Smith carbine was fifty caliber. It opened by depressing the latch ahead of the trigger to release the barrel. The barrel pivots downward on the frame to a right angle and far beyond the opening angle of the typical break open shotgun.
The Smith carbine was purchased in quantity because it was available at the onset of the Civil War. 7,000 Smith carbines were delivered during the year 1862.
Since I cannot test fire every gun I come across, this is being sold primarily as a collector's item. This in no way relates as to the safety of the gun, but just means that I have not shot it and you should have it checked by a competent gunsmith before firing. .
Shipping will be $50 and include insurance to $500 . EXTRA INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE AND OPTIONAL AT BUYERS DISCRETION BUT IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED AND RECOMMENDED AS SELLER ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOST OR DAMAGED MERCHANDISE BEYOND ORIGINAL $500 & PROOF OF SHIPPING IF THE ITEM IS NOT INSURED. Payment by Postal money orders will usually ship next business day. Other money orders and bank checks will have to clear before shipping if I am not familiar with them. No personal or business checks ple
Trades Accepted: No
Old gun collector, retiring and selling of collection