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Christopher Spencer receives a patent for his magazine-fed, lever action rifle

Hartford, Connecticut, area, 1857
03/06/1860
Christopher M. Spencer was a Manchester, Connecticut inventor who had learned the arms trade at the Colt Factory in Hartford.  He received patent number 27393 for his magazine-fed, lever-action rifle that used metal rim-fire cartridges. The military did not adopted the new weapon until 1863 but once adopted, its use, especially with Union cavalry units, clearly demonstrated in battle its revolutionary qualities.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
David F. Butler, United States Firearms: The First Century 1776-1875 (New York: Winchester Press, 1971), 222. 

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