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Pattern 1856 Enfield Carbine
Common name: Enfield Saddle Ring Carbine
Description: This Carbine is among the many weapons imported from 1861-65 to meet the heavy demand of the War. As for the rifle-musket, the .58 caliber bullet used by both Union and Confederate forces was interchangeable with the .577 Enfield. Also known as a "Saddlering" Carbine because of the ring and bar mounting hardware on it's left side (see offsite photo).
Employment at Sharpsburg: Common in many Federal and Confederate Cavalry units.
Ammunition Used: .577 or .58 caliber bullet (minie ball)
Manufacturer: Royal Small Arms Factory (Enfield) Where made: near London, England Model: 1856 Year(s) made: 1856-
Effective Range: 200 yards Length Overall: 34 inches Barrel/Tube Length: 21 inches Bore: 0.577 inches Weight: 8 pounds
Other notes: The photo above is of a privately owned and probably Confederate-issued carbine sold at auction in the US in October 2005.
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