Long Guns

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Long Guns

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Among those found on the frontier…


Starr Carbine (breech loading, percussion)

Manufactured by Starr Arms Co , Yonkers, NY. (Ebenezer [Eben] Townsend Starr). The Starr saddle ringed carbine tested better than Sharps but was only purchased in limited quantity by the Army. Some 20,600 were manufactured from 1862 to 1865. Breech loading percussion, .54 cal. utilizing a paper cartridge, 21 inch barrel. Loaded by lowering the lever on the underside which was secured by a hinged latch. Civilian sales and military surplus sent plenty of Starr carbines into the West.

OWDR Starr carbine01  Photo: U.S. PD internet

see also:
Photo Gallery Index – Weapons Photos Index – Firearms – HandgunsStarr Revolvers
Wk. 43, 10/27/1899 – Ebenezer “Eben” Townsand Starr


1859 Sharps Berdan Rifle (breech loading, percussion)

U.S. Government issue, in several models {slant breech] starting in 1850 [5,000 1851 carbines]; then 15,000 rifles, changing models (’52, ’53’, etc.) in production. Only about 11,000 Model 1859’s [straight breech] were produced, mostly carbines. (see Heirloom New Model 59 article, bottom, this page). All versions saw service in the Civil war, the carbines, far and away the most popular. The accurate, reliable rifle was the choice of sharpshooters and snipers. Basically out of service after 1881. Originally produced in 52-50 rimfire with many converted to 45-70  and 50-70 centerfire in later years [late 60’s – early 70’s}. Began to be replaced by seven-shot Spencer’s in 1864. Civilian versions and conversions of military arms were common in the west. Produced in numerous calibers .40 to .55, some examples: 45-70; 45-90; 45-120; 50-70; 50-90; 52-50 and others. Photo: U.S. PD


1865 Spencer Repeating Rifle

The Spencer shown here looks like the military version which was .52 cal; but it is here identified as a sporting rifle by the caliber. Some 200 or so of the 2000 ultimately manufactured, were made  from left over military versions before the civilian models were produced (1864-1868).  Most in the 56-40 bottle necked rimfire cartridge but 56-50 and 56-52 were available.* A cavalry carbine is shown below. Civilian sporters were also available in .36 and .44. Photo: Hoodinski via Wikipedia.  {001}

Wk. 33, 08/19/1863 – Christoper Spencer

Photo: U.S. PD Hmaag via Wiki

Two views of a Spencer Carbine. This was the long gun carried by cavalry troopers. Old West Daily Reader Subscribe Today

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