Sold For: $1,779.12
Make: Armi Sport, for Cimarron
Model: 1860 Spencer Carbine
Serial Number: M1476
Year of Manufacture: 2005 (BZ Date Code)
Caliber: 56/50, Centerfire
Action Type: Lever Actuated, Single Action Exposed Hammer Rifle with Removable Tubular Magazine in Butt Stock
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “CIMARRON F.A. Co. – FREDERICKSBURG, TEXAS, USA” in front of the barrel band, with “AC” in oval and “ARMI SPORT / ITALY CAL. 56/50 SPENCER” behind, the left is marked with the serial number, found again on the top rear of the receiver, the bottom of the receiver is marked with three Italian proofs and the date code beneath the hammer.
Barrel Length: 20”, Round
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a small blade, integral to a rectangular post, which is fixed to the barrel and the rear sight is a ladder sight, marked from 200 to 900 yards when raised and a “V” notch battle sight when in the lowered position.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with banded forend, straight grip, straight comb, sling bar on the left of the wrist, sling swivel in the belly, and case color steel carbine buttplate. The stocks have some scattered light nicks, dings, and scratches with a tiny loss at the toe. There are no cracks. The LOP measures 12 7/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate, 13″ to the back of the magazine tube’s tab. The plate has a few scattered light scratches and minor wear at the heel. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued & Case Colored
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The barrel has a few scattered light scratches and scuffs, most notable on the left behind the front sight. The receiver has a few light scratches. There is handling wear on the lever and bottom-front of the receiver. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly, the tube magazine holds 7 rounds of 56/50. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a black plastic hard case marked “ARMI SPORT / SPENCER CARBINE” in oval, with gray egg-crate foam lining. The case has light storage wear, in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: The inventor of the Spencer Carbine was Christopher Miner Spencer, one of the leading figures of the machine tool industry. The Spencer carbine was different from any other firearm of its time. Compared with its contemporaries, it was accurate; fired rapidly; had a long effective range; and held seven metallic cartridges that weren’t affected by moisture. It even had a detachable magazine! By the end of the Civil War, more than 144,000 Spencer rifles and carbines had been manufactured; over two-thirds of which were purchased by the U.S. government. To keep up with demand, Spencer subcontracted some production to the Burnside Rifle Co. of Providence, Rhode Island. Spencer rifles and carbines met with high praise from those who were equipped with them, and with respect from those who faced them in battle. In its first combat test, Spencer-armed Union troops under the command of Colonel John Wilder earned the nickname “Lightning Brigade” when they defeated a numerically superior Confederate force at the Battle of Hoover’s Gap, Tennessee on June 24, 1863. This is an Italian Armi Sport Spencer Carbine which has exceptional case coloring, beautiful wood and a deep blued barrel. The rifling is sharp with no erosion and the action functions correctly. The rifle has a tube magazine that is inserted through the butt plate. It is chambered for the original 56/50 Spencer cartridge, though the action is center-fire, allowing reloading with modern cases. This will be a great shooter that will also display well in a collection. Please see our pictures and good luck.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle CAN be sold in California.