Smith Percussion Breech Loading Carbine

30,062 were purchased by the Federal Government. A single-shot -50 calibre weapon it fired a paper-covered brass or rubber cartridge with flash holes in the end, by percussion cap; barrel 21 f inches, 39 inches overall. To load, a T-shaped lifter in front of the trigger was pushed upwards which raised a spring catch on top of the barrel allowing the barrel to hinge down, opening the breech. Barrel, butt-plate, trigger guard and spring catch, blued; the remaining metal parts case hardened in mottle colours. Some carbines had sling swivels like infantry muskets instead of the normal sliding sling ring.

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