Repeating Rifles in the Civil War

Repeating Rifles in the Civil War

The Spencer Repeating Rifle
The Spencer Repeating Rifle

The 1860s was the time period when guns started to become easier to use, a time long before range finders and scopes a time when speed and accuracy was the difference between life or death.   Repeating rifles in the Civil War were among the most popular items particularly the Spencer repeating rifle and the Henry repeating rifle.  In fact the Spencer repeating rifle has a great story behind it.

The Spencer repeating rifle was introduced to Abraham Lincoln by inventor Christopher Spencer in 1860.  After being shocked by how quick and accurate this repeating rifle was compared to others from the time, Abraham Lincoln ordered them for production.   These weapons became prominent in the Civil War and were used as one of the first rifles on the battlefield.


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