Simeon North, Model 1843 Carbine. MFG: 1846, Cal. .52, S/N: none...
Item # 4294
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Simeon North, Model 1843 Carbine. MFG: 1846, Cal. .52, S/N: none, Hall Breech loader rifle, 21'' barrel. This is antique U.S. Model 1843 Side Lever Breech Loading Carbine from the Simeon North Contract, made circa 1846 in Middletown, Connecticut. A native of Berlin, Connecticut, Simeon North was a successful manufacturer of scythes before he turned to gun making, eventually becoming one of the major suppliers of firearms to the United States military before the Civil War. In 1799, North secured his first contract with the army, who ordered 500 of his flintlock pistols. The next year the order was increased to 1500. Following the outbreak of the War of 1812, North expanded his plant in order to meet the governments orders. He was the first to use the principle of interchangeable parts when he filled an order for 20,000 flintlock pistols. North was better known for the rifles that he produced. In 1823, he won a government contract in which he supplied the army with standard breech-loading rifles. These initially were flintlock arms, but in 1843 North submitted a new design for governmental approval. His revamped model was christened ''Norths Improvement'' for its improved method of working the breech mechanism. Until then, breech-loading rifles were flawed with loose seams between the chamber and the barrel, causing flames to spurt out the back & losing some velocity because of this gas leakage. Norths design made the breech mechanism fit more closely to the barrel, thus reducing the loss of velocity. His adaptation of the Hall percussion breechloader was a success with the army, & he continued filling orders until his death in 1852.

This carbine was made in 1846 & would have been in use before & during the American Civil War. The overall condition is excellent. The iron parts were brown finished & carry a beautiful cocoa patina. The markings & stamps are sharp. The walnut stock is excellent & original, with a cartouche stamped on each wrist cheek & several minor dings, scratches & handling marks. The receiver to first barrel band carries a saddle ring & slide bar. The mechanism parts all look to be original & operate as they should carrying factory finish. Operation is tight & smooth. Original sights, buttplate & ramrod. The bore is very good with sharp rifling. Here is a great untouched example of a scarce contract carbine that has been well preserved! No FFL Req. - Value: 1000 to 3000


Simeon North, Model 1843 Carbine. MFG: 1846, Cal. .52, S/N: none...
Item # 4294
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