Smith Carbine

Smith Carbine

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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.
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Object Name
carbine, percussion
Other Terms
carbine; Firearms; Percussion Fire;.50 In; Rifled; 02; 03
date made
ca 1862
Smith, Gilbert
Massachusetts Arms Company
place made
United States
overall, carbine: 38 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 97.155 cm x 5.715 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
serial number
Credit Line
U.S. Military Service Institute
Civil War
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I own a Smith carbine, S/N: 20,913. How would I proceed to determine what Calvary Unit it was issued to?
I have a Smith Carbine, Serial Number 20854, Any information on when the gun would have been manufactured?

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