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Total produced was about 5,000. The caliber is .50 with a seven shot magazine in the butt stock. These have a very unique loading mechanism. The barrel twists in a circular motion to come in line with the magazine tube. The barrel is round and the length is 22". Only about 2000 produced with this barrel length. Iron mounted with a single barrel band. Sling swivels on the underside as well as heel of the butt. Barrel, sights, and tubular socket blued with receiver and other parts casehardened. Tang markings TRIPLETT & SCOTT/PATENT DEC.6, 1864. On the left side of the receiver it says MERIDEN MAN'FG. C./MERIDEN, CONN. The serial is on the right side. Kentucky is found on the left side of the breech. A contract for 5,000 Triplett & Scott carbines was executed January 2, 1865, with the state of Kentucky to arm 5,000 Home Guard troops. They had been mustered into to service to protect the supply lines of the Union Army under General Sherman. Another interesting fact about Triplett & Scott, Charles Parker of Parker Shotgun fame was co-founder of the Meriden Manufacturing Co. The bore is bright and shiny and the action is smooth and tight. The wood is excellent and fits as it should. This carbine is 100% correct and original. It will make a great addition to any collection.
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