.52 caliber rifled bore with .58 chamber, 21" barrel. Browned finish, walnut stock. Sling bar and ring, button head cleaning rod. Top of breech marked in five lines: US /S. NORTH / MIDLTN / CONN /1850. Breech marked on right flat with JH inspection, stock flats behind receiver with cartouches on each side, a WAT on the obverse and a JH on the reverse, along with a number 1.
Known as the "Fremont Hall," this is one of 5,000 M1843 Hall carbines sold as surplus by the New York Arsenal in August of 1861 to arms speculators backed by J.P. Morgan for $3.50 each and subsequently "modified" for use of .58 caliber ammunition by enlarging the chamber to approximately .58 and rifling the barrel, but leaving it in the original .52 caliber! The guns were then sold to General John C. Fremont's command in St. Louis for $22 each, resulting in a Congressional investigation into what became known as the "Hall Carbine Affair." A scarce example of a historically important Civil War used carbine.
Good. Metal with dark brown, heavily oxidized patina and scattered pitting. Markings on breech somewhat obscured by pitting. Mechanically functional, bore good, with crisp rifling and moderate pitting. Stock worn showing heavy use with bumps and dings and a small grain crack behind the receiver on the reverse. A solid, if well used example of a historic Civil War carbine.
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