Spencer repeating rifles were designed in 1860 and saw some civil war action. The smaller carbine as we see in this illustration, was a popular gun in the early west. The original design was completed by Christopher Spencer in 1860, and was for a magazine-fed, lever-operated rifle chambered for the .56-56 Spencer rimfire cartridge. The pictured carbine was shorter and used a 56-50 caliber copper cased rimfire cartridge that was usually headstamped.
The Lee–Enfield bolt-action, magazine-fed, repeating rifle was the main firearm used by the military forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth during the first half of the 20th century. It was the British Army's standard rifle from its official adoption in 1895 until 1957
The Spencer repeating rifle was a manually operated lever-action, repeating rifle fed from a tube magazine with cartridges. It was adopted by the Union army, especially by the cavalry, during the American Civil War, but did not really replace the standard issue muzzle-loading rifled muskets in use at the time. The Spencer carbine was a shorter and lighter version of the Spencer repeating rifle.
Fine example of an Indian War refurbished Civil War Model 1860 Spencer Repeating Carbine by Springfield, .50 cal. Blade front and folding ladder rear sights, with "SPENCER REPEATING-/RIFLE CO. BOSTON MASS./PAT'D MARCH.6. 1860." on top of the frame, with a short saddle ring bar and single letter proofs on a number of parts. The Spencer repeating rifle was first adopted by the United States Navy.
SPENCER REPEATING RIFLE WITH LATER ADDED DECORATIVE INDIAN TACKS - .56-56 caliber, 20" barrel, serial number 102608. Top of receiver stamped Spencer Repeating Rifle Co. Boston, Mass Patented March 6th, 1860.
Spencer lever action repeating rifle - patented by Christopher Spencer in 1860, the same year as the Henry Rifle, the Spencer Rifle became a staple of civil war troops after it went into production in 1863. After the war, the struggling company was purchased by Winchester in a move to eliminate competition for the Henry Rifle and subsequent Winchester lever action models.
A very rare recovery. This is a nice condition excavated Spencer Repeating Rifle gun tool and Spencer cartridge recovered from private property at "Hoover's Gap" where WILDER'S LIGHTENING BRIGADE armed with these 7-shot repeating Spencer rifles decisively carried the day against Bate's Brigade of Army of Tennessee Confederate Infantry. The volume of fire delivered by the Brigade of Spencer Repeating Rifles led the Confederates to believe that they had encountered a "Division" of Federal…