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    Very Early Civil War Spencer Seven Shot Repeating Infantry Rifle. Caliber .56-52 rimfire, #1253, obviously made in the first month or two of production with serial numbers on this model beginning at 700. Initially rejected by the U.S. Ordnance Department based on General Ripley's objection that soldiers would "waste ammunition," this revolutionary weapon was finally adopted for use after President Lincoln personally test fired a Spencer Sporting on the White House lawn that had been brought to his office by Christopher Spencer.

    All metal smooth and gray, just some light scattered salt and peppering, really negligible. Mechanically perfect, excellent bore, complete and original in every respect. Wood generally smooth with just a few dents, including one fairly deep one on the butt by the sling swivel. Two hairline cracks on the left side of the butt stock, easily repaired. Overall a very nice, and extremely early, example of this important Civil War rifle that the "damn Yankees loaded on Sunday and fired all week."


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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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