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Accession number 1996.35
Catalog Number 1996.35.11
Object Name Carbine
Description Model 1840 Hall-North Percussion Carbine, Type II dated 1842. The gun is a smoothbore, breech-loading .52 caliber. Only 6,001 of these guns were produced. It was called the first "fishtail" model, due to its fishtail-shaped breech releasing lever in front of the trigger guard. The ramrod is missing from the gun. The gun has a slide bar with swivel ring along the proper left side. The 21" barrel is held to the fore stock by two pinned steel bands. On the front of the breech block is stamped "US / S. NORTH / MIDDL TN / CONN / 1842". S. North stands for Simeon North.

The exhibit label for Tools of War (2011) reads: Model 1840 Hall Percussion Carbine, Type II dated 1842. Just over 6000 were produced. It was referred to as the first "fishtail" design, due to its fishtail-shaped operating lever in front of the trigger guard. The individual pushed down on these wings, which operated through a series of levers, to release an internal catch which held the breechblock in the down position. The fishtail lever designs were always used with the percussion mechanism.
Date 1842
Dimensions H-2.75 W-6.25 L-40 inches
Collection Militaria
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