55,567 were purchased, most supplied by the Burnside Rifle Company; the designer being General A. Burnside. The carbine was -54 calibre; length 39J inches overall, barrel 21 inches; and fired, by percussion cap, a perforated brass cartridge shaped almost like an ice-cream cone. The double trigger guard pressed together and was lowered to rotate the breech block and chamber into a vertical position to take the tapered case of the cartridge, the old cartridge being extracted by hand. Barrel was blued with lock-plate, trigger guard lever and all iron parts case hardened in mottle colours. The first two models had no forestocks.
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