The Civil War helped to raise awareness and support for arms advancements in both the civilian and government-run factories. Without the desperate need for arms, including carbines, and the soldiers’ growing support, the advancements may have not evolved so quickly. The war also provided funding for those innovations through the government contracting system. During the war, portions of the military adopted rifling, tested priming ignition systems, advocated for breechloading mechanisms, and even promoted repeating rifles and carbines.



Advancements in Carbines

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rifling of a New Model 1865  carbine

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This magazine of the Spencer Carbine Model 1865 was one of the parts that made the Spencer repeatable.

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Open breech of a New Model 1865 Sharps Carbine

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Pellet Primer of a New Model 1865 Sharps carbine