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ON9241

Original U.S. Civil War Starr Model 1865 Carbine

Regular price $1,995.00

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The Starr carbine was a breech-loading single-shot rifle used by the United States Army. Designed in 1858, the Starr was primarily used by cavalry soldiers in the American Civil War.

In January 1858, Ebenezer Starr submitted his design for a single-shot, breech-loading rifle to the Washington Armory for evaluation. During testing, the rifle was noted to have no misfires, and its accuracy was considered better than average. Testers commented that if the gas seal could be improved, the weapon would be better than its rival, the Sharps carbine.

Interestingly, before the conclusion of the war, Starr successfully morphed their percussion model into a metallic cartridge carbine by changing out the breechblock, hammer and barrel. Only five thousand of the new model Starr, chambered for the .56-52 Spencer cartridge, were ordered by the Ordnance Department, and many were issued to the 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry in the spring of 1865.

Although the Starr carbine had proven to be effective during the Civil War, it was not successful during the trials of 1865 by the U.S. Army trials board, and no further rifles were ordered.

During the war, the Starr Arms Company had been the fifth largest supplier of carbines and the third largest supplier of .44 caliber single action pistols. After the war had ended, and with no further government contracts, Starr could no longer compete with larger manufacturers like Winchester, Sharps, and Colt, and the company closed its doors in 1867.

This example is offered in very nice condition. All aspects function perfectly bore in the 21" barrel shows has a bright bore with crisp lands and grooves. It will rate a nine on a one to ten scale. Action is smooth and tight. Wood to metal fit is very good. All markings are correct and complete. The barrel is marked with serial number 30580 Marked nicely on both lock and barrel: STARR ARMS CO. YONKERS, N.Y.

Design and features

The Starr carbine was similar in design to the Sharps carbine. The Starr had a longer receiver and a distinctive web between the tail of the breech lever and the underside of the butt.

The Starr carbine had a .54 caliber barrel that was 21 inches in length. The weapon had an overall length of 37.65 inches and a weight of 7.4 lbs. The Starr carbine had a three-position rear sight composed of a standing block and two folding leaves.

Production history

Designer: Ebenezer Starr

Designed: 1858

Manufacturer: Starr Arms Company

Number built: 25,000

Specifications

Length: 37.5 in (950 mm)

Barrel length: 21 in (530 mm)

Caliber: .54 inches (14 mm)

Action: Falling block action

Feed system: Single Shot, breech-loading

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Shipping Restrictions

    This product is not available for shipping in US state(s)
    New Jersey


    This product is available for international shipping.

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