137. Rare Patrick Smith of Buffalo Experimental Or Trials Carbine

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Description Update (3/15/17): Barrel band is loose and "RCM" is neatly stamped along toeline

52 RF, 21" round barrel with a poor bore. This is a very interesting brass framed military style carbine by this prolific Buffalo maker. The top of the barrel is marked "P. SMITH / BUFFALO / PATENTED JAN 27TH / JULY 7TH 1863" and the gun is otherwise unmarked. The solid brass frame features an octagonal top profile as does the the iron swiveling breechblock which rotates upward and to the right quite similar to a Warner carbine. The carbine is in typical military carbine configuration with stud front sight and two folding leaf military style rear yet it has no saddle ring. The condition of the rifle is quite nice with the barrel retaining a pleasing even gray brown patina with some scattered light oxidation staining present; the breechblock and hammer bear the same surfaces. The brass frame shows a pleasing mellow patina with a few scattered light impact marks on left side of action. The plain walnut buttstock and forend rate about excellent with lots of original finish remaining and with just normal scattered light handling marks from the years. This is believed to be the only military carbine of this type made and was likely submitted to the U.S. Government for testing. in Swinney & Rowe's the New York State Firearms Trade many Patrick Smith percussion sporting arms are illustrated. The very last Patrick Smith firearm illustrated is a sporting rifle version of this same action which bears the same two patent dates as this rifle. It is built on the same action but has a sporting style triggerguard, a key fastened forend and under barrel mounted wooden cleaning rod. A very interesting and likely unique military carbine by this well regarded Buffalo gunmaker and sporting goods dealer. (18158-1) {ANTIQUE} (4000/6000) SOLD FOR $4,600.00

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