1868-1871 Evans Repeating Carbine Rifle .44 Evans 1"Short Cartridge

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Description: An Amazing Piece of History The Evans Repeating Rifle THIS IS ONE of the 150 Old Model Carbines (Pretty Rare) and in Good condition for its age all natural patina...no polishing or covering up.

One of the most unusual yet least known rifles of the 1870’s was the Evans repeating rifle. Designed by a Maine dentist named Warren R. Evans. Together with his brother George who helped perfect the design they started the “Evans Repeating Rifle Company” of Mechanic Falls Maine in 1873.

The most unusual feature of the Evans was its magazine capacity. More than double the capacity of the Winchester. It held an astounding 34 rounds in its rotary magazine.

The basic design of the Evans repeating rifle is similar to the Spencer. But the similarity ends here. The Evans has a rotary magazine in the magazine.jpg (30370 bytes)buttstock. Cartridges are fed to the breech by cycling the cocking lever/trigger guard. The magazine tube of the Evans is much larger than that of the Spencer. It holds four rows of cartridges which are loaded through a trapdoor in the butt plate. Each time the action is cycled, the magazine feeds the next cartridge to the breech in the barber pole fashion.

The first model or what is now known as the old model was made from 1873 to 1876. This model is easily distinguished from the later models by the fact that it has only an upper buttstock. The magazine tube is exposed and runs along the bottom of the stock. Also the ejection port has no dust cover. Caliber was the .44 Evans 1” shell.

Approximately 500 old models were produced. Of these the very first (estimated serial numbers 1 to 200) have no cocking lever retaining stud on the underside of the magazine tube. Old models made after these have a stud or a locking nut to hold the lever in place. Barrel markings on the old models are as follows: “Evans Repeating Rifle/Pat. Dec 8, 1868 & Sept. 16, 1871”.

Old model Evans rifles were made in the following configurations: •Carbine: 22” round barrel, short forend retained with a single barrel band. Sling swivels. Estimated quantity made - 150. This Is ONE of the 150

By the summer of 1873 Warren Evans had moved to Massachusetts to continue practicing dentistry. With his departure he had given up active participation in the company. However brother George had not been idle. He was in control of the company at this time and had been busy developing improvements. Old Model: No wooden lower buttstock Transitional Model: Two-piece wooden buttstock, but no dust cover on the ejection port New Model: Two-piece wooden buttstock and ejection port cover that moves with the operating lever.

What really makes the Evans remarkable is its large magazine capacity compared to other rifles of the day. The helical magazine tube that makes up the entire rear of the receiver will hold 34 rounds in the Old and Transitional models, and 26 rounds of the longer cartridge in the New model. That cartridge, by the way, is the .44 Evans (Short and Long), proprietary to the rifle and not used elsewhere. The thing to remember about this magazine is that it is not spring loaded. There is a cross-shaped central divider that arranges the cartridges into 4 columns, and a spiral track running up the magazine that the cartridge rims sit in. With each cycling of the operating lever, the central divider rotates a quarter turn, which pushes all the rounds up one position. If you load a single round in through the loading door in the butt plate, you will have to cycle the lever 33 more times to bring that round up to the chamber.

Condition: Used - See Item Description
Brand: Evans Repeating Rifle
Caliber: .44 (other/Cap & Ball)
Location: CO

Trades Accepted: Willing to Consider serioous Offers as well May consider partial possible trades, Throw me some thoughts of what you got...Message me

Shipping Notes: Ships within 2 days from purchasing, Insured by buyer, No FFL needed so can be sent direct

Item #: 946194840
SKU: Carbine
Stock No.: 681
Seller Since: Jan. 2016
Identity Verified ( montrose, CO )
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City: Montrose,
State: CO

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