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Civil War 1864 Burnside Carbine 5th Model Possibly Confederate

This is one of the 5th model Burnside 1864 Carbines delivered from 1863 to end of production (no one knows why they were marked model of 1864 while production started before that date). The lock plate is marked “BURNSIDE RIFLE CO. / PROVEDENCE, R.I.”, over the serial number on top of the frame is “BURNSIDE PATENT / MODEL OF 1984” and the 21” barrel bears the original sights. The carbine has every indication of having been used in the war with some battering and repairs apparently made in the field. The butt stock is a well-executed field replacement with a strap iron butt plate while the sling bar is absent. We think it would not have been repaired like this if the Union armorers were doing the work (they would have used a factory replacement stock and sling bar) but the South outfitted several cavalry units with captured Burnsides and would have pressed one with a shattered butt into service much as we see here. The butt plate seems to have been painted with gray paint and there are vestiges of it on the frame and barrel as well though those two items are mostly brown and gray patina with scattered rust spotting. The bore is about 75% smooth with strong, sharp rifling and 25% scattered moderate pitting while the stocks are sound with scattered dings and bruises appropriate for an arm such as this. An interesting old Burnside that might have fought for both sides in the War of Northern Aggression. If you have questions please email us at This will be listed for auction on Gun Broker the evening of February 18th. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 02-16-19A--19-06-03