Smith Carbine Cartridge - Very nice example of the foil and paper wrapped .50 caliber Smith carbine cartridge. The Smith began service with a rubberized cartridge, when stocks of rubber proved elusive, munitions works tried rolled paper, gutta percha, or rolled sheet metal as a sleeve to the .50 caliber bullets. Moreover, these exotic cases would foul the chamber so bad when fired that after a few dozen shots the gun was unusable until cleaned. When the Sharps and Spencer repeating carbines appeared after 1862, the single-shot Smith fell out of favor.
Inventory Number: BUL 027