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Spencer Repeating Rifle used by Abraham Lincoln

Spencer Repeating Rifle used by Abraham Lincoln

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Description (Brief)
The Spencer repeating rifle took a magazine in the stock holding seven metallic cartridges. The trigger guard was a lever that loaded cartridges and ejected spent shells. This particular rifle was used by Abraham Lincoln for target practice at the White House. The rifle was borrowed from the Navy Department and was fired in the "White Lot."
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Object Name
date made
ca 1862
associated person
Lincoln, Abraham
Spencer Repeating Arms Company
place made
United States
overall: 47 1/4 in; 120.015 cm
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accession number
catalog number
serial number
Civil War
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
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National Museum of American History
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Is it true that President Lincoln wouldn’t let civilians have repeating spencer rifle? I read somewhere a while back, once civil war was over spencer rifle could no longer be repeating rifle and only could be used as single fire? (And I understand President Lincoln was shot before war ended) what is the true story of the first Republican President maybe taking away automatic guns? I know John Wilkes Booth might of used a spencer? What’s the truth about spencer rifle being converted back into single shot after being used as a repeating rifle during civil war? Can anyone answer these conflicting histories? What’s the truth? Thank you.
There is an excellent article on President Lincoln target shooting with Mr Spencer "Target practice with Mr Lincoln". Do a Google search and you will find it=https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/19/target-practice-with-mr-lincoln/

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