Merrill Carbine. SOLD
The Merrill carbines were were produced in Baltimore Maryland and the total production during the war was 14500. This is the often cited production number but rifles were in the same serial number run and there are existing examples with serial numbers up to the 19,000 range. This is a second model which does not have the patchbox that was used on the first model. It is a 54 caliber percussion carbine. To operate you pull up the lever which opens the breech for insertion of a cartridge. The rear sight is also the catch for the lever.
This example is in nice crisp condition. The metal is clean with only a few small areas of staining or light pitting. The markings are all sharp and clear and the rear sight has most of the blue remaining. The bore is shinny with marks from the rifling machine still visible. This does not appear to have been shot much or at all. The stock is solid and strong with a few dings and bumps. There is no cartouche. The action works well.