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SPENCER REPEATING FIREARMS
Roy M. Marcot

OUT OF PRINT

A comprehensive study, based on primary source documents & precise historical data, covering Spencer Repeating Rifles & Carbines 1858–1868, Roper Repeating Rifles & Shotguns, 1866–1876, Spencer Slide Action Shotguns 1871–1907, and all related ammunition & accoutrements.

This is more than just a gun book about one of the most famous rifles of the Civil War, it is also a biography of C.M. Spencer, on of the most important mechanical inventors of the 19th century. The book describes, in word and pictures, the development and use of the first effective repeating breech loading military rifle. Also covered are Spencer's other firearms including the Roper rifles and shotguns and pump-action Spencer sporting shotgun.

Reviews

Michael Kalashnikov wasn't the only tinkerer to invent an advanced firearm which had an impact on Military History. As Roy M. Marcot demonstrates in his excellent book, there was Christopher Miner Spencer (1833-1922) and his revolutionary repeating rifle.

All that is well documented and illustrated in SPENCER REPEATING FIREARMS. If you're interested in the Civil War or the expansion of the American frontier west of Mississippi River, you need this book. Marcot, for example, explains the various models and how they eventually overcame military doubts about another new, untried system. One of the innovative, young officers who saw its virtues and figured out how to use it was George Armstrong Custer.

He commanded the Michigan Volunteers during the momentous battle at Gettysburg. The cannon fire from that battlefield shook the ground where Custer carefully deployed his raw recruits armed with their new Spencers against none other than Wade Hampden's "Invincibles", part of J.E.B. Stuart's Confederate Cavalry. The seven shot repeaters broke up several Confederate charges and delayed their offensive long enough to keep them out of the Union rear, which could have been catastrophic for Meade and his blue-clad Union soldiers.

Custer's subsequent career seemed to coincide with the adoption of the Spencer by such Regular Army formations as the Seventh Cavalry, which used it until 1873 when it was replaced by the single shot Springfield carbine, which Custer's men carried with them to the Little Big Horn in 1876. There, he was confronted by Sioux, Cheyenne and other warriors many of whom had Spencers issued to them as surplus by the Department of the Interior (for hunting.) There, he fell to the very firearms which had been such an important building block in his military career.
~ by John M. Lane, Montana, USA

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This is the BEST book ever written on the subject of Spencers. I have 4 Military Rifles, one of which is the model 1870, and I have always wanted to know more about the man and his weapon, and this book answered every question I ever had. Easily worth the price!!!
~ by John Rico, Maryland, USA

price $70   size 8.5x11
pages 316 illustrations well illustrated
binding Hardcover other
 


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