Smith Carbine

Description (Brief)
The Smith Carbine was a .50-caliber breech loader that fired a hard rubber cartridge. Depressing the latch in the trigger guard allowed the barrel to tilt forward for loading. They were manufactured by American Machine Works, the Massachusetts Arms Co., and the American Arms Company. Nearly all of the 31,000 Smith Carbines produced during the Civil War were purchased by the U.S. government. A large number of Smiths were captured and used by Confederate cavalry early in the war.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
carbine
carbine, percussion
date made
ca 1862
patentee
Smith, Gilbert
maker
Massachusetts Arms Company
Measurements
overall, carbine: 38 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 97.155 cm x 5.715 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
AF*32698
catalog number
32698
accession number
69413
serial number
10601
subject
Firearms
Military
Civil War
event
Civil War
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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