Spencer Carbine

Guttman, Jon
November 2007
Military History;Nov2007, Vol. 24 Issue 8, p27
The article offers information on Christopher M. Spencer, a U.S. inventor who created the Spencer repeating rifle. On March 6, 1860, Spencer obtained a patent for a breech-loading rifle that could fire more than 20 rounds a minute. With the breakout of the American Civil War in April 1861, the U.S. Navy tested Spencer's rifle, and the Army ordered 95, 196 to be delivered the day after Christmas, only to cancel the order when the weapons suffered from extractor problems.


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