A GOOD .50 MAYNARD 2ND MODEL CAPPING BREECH LOADING CARBINE OF THE CIVIL WAR, CIRCA 1864, serial no. 20195,
with 20in. round to octagonal barrel fitted with dovetailed pinched blade front-sight and three leaf battle rear-sights, frame stamped on the right 'MANUFACTURED BY / MASS. ARMS CO. / CHICOPEE FALLS' and on the left 'EDWARD MAYNARD / PATENTED / MAY 27 1851 / DEC 6 1859', fitted with a side-rib and ring, iron mounted walnut butt stock stamped with two inspecting officer's cartouches on the left, a superb example with most blue to barrel, case colours to action, fine untouched stock, museum quality, probably never issued
Provenance: Designed by Dr Edward Maynard, a dentist and inventor of the tape priming system that carries his name. The action is a very simple design and that maybe is why it works so well, it features a barrel that tips down by lowering the lever extension of the trigger-guard and pushing it forward. A reloadable brass cartridge with a wide head is inserted, ignition is by the standard percussion cap and nipple. The system was one of the few to survive and do well on the commercial market after the Civil War. Manufacture was by the Massachusetts Arms Co., although not supplying Maynard carbines to the Government until 1864 they did supply some to Northern states. In the run up to conflict quantities went South, at least 2,500 went to the states of Georgia, Florida and Mississippi. In June 1863 General Ripley signed a contract for the supply of 20,000 Maynard carbines, deliveries were a year late and the first 1000 not received until June 1864 and the final shipment in May 1865. Due to late delivery they were not extensively used. They were issued to the 6th, 9th & 11th Indiana cavalry as well as the 10th and 11th Tennessee
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