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Old April 1, 2014, 11:17 AM   #1
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very early Spencer rifle & serial number info needed

my buddy has a 3 band army model Spencer, he's looking for info... very early serial # 127X caliber 56-56 gun is in original, but unshootable condition

he's looking for any info he can get on the rifle... any info, anyone might have would be helpful

where would this gun have been purchased ( there is no government inspector marks on the rifle )

when would it have been made / shipped, who could have used these early rifles???

anyone have any records or thoughts???

want to venture a guess as to value... chamber & bore are bad, but action functions
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Old April 1, 2014, 01:41 PM   #2
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I did some digging, & found conflicting data... one source, said these serial ranges went to 5th Michigan Cavalry ordered by Lt. Colonel Copeland, another said they went to 10 independent Companies of the Ohio sharp shooters, through Governor Todd
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Old April 1, 2014, 03:39 PM   #3
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just to let you guys know, I contacted John Beckendorf from the Spencer Collectors Association, & he forwarded on much info...

any others collect these rifles ???
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Old April 3, 2014, 02:46 PM   #4
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WOW... found out this was one of the famous Michigan 5th's... one of ( now ) 9 known to exist... fought at several battles in the civil war...

I just sent pictures to one of the guys from the Spencer collectors association...

here is one of the over all rifle... sorry for the poor picture, ( My lens fogged over, after bringing the camera in from the cold truck ) I noticed & cleaned the lens for the close ups...

here are a couple pictures for those that are unfamiliar...





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Old April 4, 2014, 02:43 PM   #5
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IMHO, that rifle saw service and the condition reflects that. It is a piece of history in a way no "mint unfired" rifle can be.

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Old April 4, 2014, 03:49 PM   #6
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the guy from the Spencer collectors association said that with that serial number, he's 100% sure it fought at Gettysburg with the MI 5th...

the coolest part of this part of this, is I got to handle it during pictures, taken for verification... you don't get the chance to do that at the museum
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Old April 5, 2014, 12:02 PM   #7
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Someone had been making reproductions of this gun .Are they still being made ?
Movie director John Milius made a for TV movie which showed a Spencer and an ammo box also ! Boxes that held various number of loades magazines were available .With a Spencer and box of 10 loaded magazines you were very well armed !!
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Old April 7, 2014, 06:55 AM   #8
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Rifle sold from one of my buddies to another, & the guy from the collectors association forwarded around the pictures over the weekend, & I had 3 offers on my e-mail when I got into work this morning... The new owner bought it more for an investment, but doesn't want to turn it right away... I offered to contact MRS cousin, whom I think would mortgage his farm to get one of these...

pretty cool rifle.... now has me wondering how it got to southern MN in the 1st place ???
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Old April 24, 2014, 01:02 PM   #9
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That's quite a find and story, I had a 3 bander for years, low serial number it was one of the few rifles I ever purchased that I sold for way more than I purchased it. Production of Spencers during the CW way out paced Henry's and at the end of the war they were in great surplus vs. the Henry. Spencers were a very rugged rifle.
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Old April 24, 2014, 01:22 PM   #10
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interesting thing, is my buddy that had it originally, is a retired tool & die guy... & he started & got quite a bit done on, 3 reproduction receivers, using this gun as a pattern... my buddy that bought it from him, is also a machinist, & he got the 3 receivers, & would like to finish them, when he gets closer to retiring...

there is a possibility down the road, that I might be able to get a reproduction in a more modern cartridge, that was built by a combination of two of my friends, based off of this rifle
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Old April 24, 2014, 01:32 PM   #11
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I would have been thrilled, as an infantryman in the Civil War, to be given a Spencer rifle or carbine.
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