Joslyn Carbine Model 1862 - Inventory Number: RIF 091
Often referred to as the First Model, was a cavalry weapon that used an innovative pivoting breechblock system invented and patented by Massachusetts gun designer Benjamin Franklin Joslyn in 1855. Under his June 1862 government contract, the Joslyn Fire Arms Company of Stonington, Connecticut, produced his first rimfire model carbine now designated as the Model 1862.
Designed for field use with Federal horse soldiers, the Joslyn carbine fired a standard Spencer rimfire cartridge of .52 caliber. Joslyn’s unique loading arrangement consisted of lifting up the breechblock tab or hook, pivoting the breechblock to the left and then inserting the round. The hook-type friction latch for the breechblock and its exposed firing pin extension were characteristics of the Model 1862 Joslyn. This weapon is in very good condition and exhibits a pleasing appearance with a fine walnut stock and all brass mounted furniture. Carbine bears serial #1,315 on top of the breechblock, under the breechblock hinge, and on the barrel tang. The barrel wears a uniform dark gray color, while all other gunmetal wears a brighter mottled patina. The flat, casehardened lockplate Is recessed almost flush with the stock and is stamped forward of the hammer with “JOSLYN FIRE ARMS Co / STONINGTON/ CONN”. Barrel muzzle features an iron blade front sight while the breech area sports a two-leaf folding rear sight graduated to 500 yards. Sub-inspector mark “W.P” visible on the left side of the barrel forward of the breech. Top surface of the hinged breechblock exhibits patent stampings “B.F. JOSLYN’S PATENT / OCTOBER 8TH 1861 / JUNE 1862 / 1315".
Inventory Number: RIF 091