Pinterest • The world’s catalogue of ideas 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.


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Cross section of the Spencer Repeating Rifle and 7 round magazine. Invented in 1860 as the first lever action rifle. It could fire up to 30 rounds per minute at much larger distances then a muzzle loading musket, which could only fire 3 rounds per minute with a skilled soldier. [1292 x 712]


John T. Wilder was arguably the creator of mobile infantry. Wilder re-equipped his entire brigade with Spencer Repeating Rifles for increased firepower and mounted them on horses for mobility. Nicknamed the "Lightning Brigade," their hard-hitting tactics helped the Union win the war in the west.


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.


Rifle, repeating, breech loading. Changed the course of the American Civil War.


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.


Brig. Gen. John Thomas Wilder, famous during the Civil war for his Lightning Brigade and for introducing the Spencer Repeating Rifle to the Union Troops. See Wilder Tower at Chicamauga.


Abraham Lincoln (Gregory Peck) tests a Spencer repeating rifle in the movie The Blue and the Gray.