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35153Re: [civilwarwest] The Colt

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  • GnrlJEJohnston@aol.com
    Oct 3, 2005
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      In a message dated 10/2/2005 8:43:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, r_moody@... writes:
      Later Spencers had a cut-off that allowed the firer
      > to load a single round,
      > thus preserving the magazine for when it was really
      > needed. This appeared at
      > the end of the war, IIRC. Joe would be the best bet
      > for that info.

      > Dave Powell

      There was a magazine cut off designed in 1865 to allow
      single shot firing but that model was a 50 caliber and
      not the standard 52 caliber used in the ACW.
      Thousands of CW era Spensers were modified by
      Springfield with the new magazine adding to the
      already confusing caliber issues associated with these
      rifles.  If there was anything different used during
      the war Joe would be the only person to know.
      Well, here is what Joe had to say. 
      As for the Stabler cutoff, it was not used on guns used in the war -- it was a postwar addition to the Model 1865 carbine.
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