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2nd Illinois Cavalry issue – Confederate Captured & Reissued – Burnside Carbine

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Best described as to condition by our photographs except to advise that this Civil War Burnside carbine is entirely original with appropriate metal component government inspector and manufacturer markings and is complete with matching serial numbers. This so called by collectors 5th Model Burnside carbine shows good evidence of period use and carrying, to include a telltale carbine shoulder sling hook scar at the wrist just above the sling ring. Remaining in pleasing condition with no breaks, cracks or repairs, the piece offers desirable natural age surfaces, all free of dreaded modern day over cleaning.
Of significance to the Civil War collector / historian will be that a search of the Springfield Research Service coveted four volume serial number reference, places this serial number 29271, squarely between listed Burnside Cavalry Carbines #29256 and #29288 both issued to Troop C, 2nd Illinois Cavalry . With only fifteen arms separating our #29271 and # 29256 and seventeen carbines between this arm and #29288, there is little room for doubt that this gun was in the same case lot as issued to the troops of Co. C 2nd Illinois Cavalry. Of even more interest, especially to the Confederate collector, will be the Confederate capture and reissue marking on the buttstock just below the lower tang. (see: Steven W. Knott’s Captured & Collected Confederate Reissued Firearms) Additional provenance as to 2nd Illinois Cavalry issue, with good indication of the appropriateness of the Confederate capture marking on this arm, is offered by the identification of yet another 2nd Ill. Cavalry Burnside (#2888) issued to Co. D bearing Confederate capture and reissue marking. (see: lodgewood.com/Burnside_p_3733.html )
A general word on the Burnside cavalry carbine and captured and reissued Confederate guns as referenced in Steven W. Knott's excellent book, Captured & Collected Confederate Reissued Firearms. Designed by Rhode Island Governor, Ambrose Burnside before his stint as a Union General, the .54 caliber Burnside carbine was the first breech loading metallic cartridge carbine of the Civil War. Evolving from the 1st Model through what is commonly referred to by collectors as the 5th Model, which was produced from late 1863 through the end of the war and officially referred to as the Model 1863 by the Government, even though the receivers of the guns were marked Model 1864, the Burnside was the third most issued cavalry carbine of the Civil War with rarely recognized examples falling into Confederate hands as captured and reissued weapons. Knott's volume on the subject offers illustrated documentation on all manner of arms being picked up from battlefields and sent back to Confederate arsenals where they would be inspected and repaired as necessary before being reissued into Confederate service. These Confederate weapons can be identified by a distinctive font single letter A, F, Q, T & Z inspector's stamp found on the underside of the stock in front of the trigger assembly or behind the lower tang.
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A note about firearms: WE EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE AND IS THEREFORE OUTSIDE FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO COVERED (MODERN) FIREARMS. THE PIECE IS OFFERED AS A HISTORICAL COLLECTABLE ONLY AND THOUGH MECHANICALLY OPERABLE, IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED FIREABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. THE PURCHASER ASSUMES ALL LIABILITY FOR PURCHAS, CONTROL AND OWNERSHIP. PURCHASE OF THIS ITEM WILL CONSTITUTE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT WITH THE ABOVE.






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