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.

Date Made: ca 1862

Patentee: Smith, GilbertMaker: Massachusetts Arms Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

Subject: FirearmsRelated Event: Civil War


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: U.S. Military Service Institute

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.32698Catalog Number: 32698Accession Number: 69413Serial Number: 10601

Object Name: carbinecarbine, percussionOther Terms: carbine; Firearms; Percussion Fire; .50 In; Rifled; 02; 03

Measurements: overall, carbine: 38 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 97.155 cm x 5.715 cm


Record Id: nmah_414569

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