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Spencer repeating rifle - Wikipedia

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]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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www.pinterest.com/1895gunner/ 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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Abraham Lincoln (Gregory Peck) tests a Spencer repeating rifle in the movie The Blue and the Gray.

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