35. Spencer Model 1860 Sporting Rifle With J. Johnston marked Barrel – Serial # 52432, Caliber 45 RF, 29 3/4″ octagon barrel, , blue/casehardened finish, with a walnut stock. This rifle falls into the serial number range (11,000 to 61,000) of the 50,000 Spencer carbines made in the Civil War period of 1863 to 1865. This particular rifle has a 29 3/4″ barrel marked “CAST STEEL” on the upper left rear flat and “J. H. JOHNSTON/GREAT WESTERN GUNWORKS PITTSBURG, PA.” on the top flat of the barrel. Both markings read from breech to muzzle. The top of the frame is marked with the standard three line address/ patent date and the serial number is marked on the upper rear of the frame. The barrel gauges at 45 caliber with 6 grooves and is equipped with a dovetailed brass blade front and a fixed notch rear sight. There is sling swivel base on the lower flat ahead of the forearm. The barrel is blued and the remaining parts color cased hardened. The forearm is smooth and the grip is straight with a crescent iron buttplate and sling swivel base.
CONDITION: NRA Very Good! The metal surfaces have a smooth mottled gray patina commensurate with a 150 year old piece of history. A couple of areas of light spotting are present. The Walnut wood is good as period revarnish with scattered minor dings, dents and scratches. The receiver markings are clear and the action is mechanically fine…$4,298.00.
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