1863 Confederate States, Richmond Carbine & Linen Sling

If you’ve been following the Civil War Arsenal for enough time you know I have a soft spot in my heart for Richmond made weapons. I’m always on the lookout for affordable quality Carbines, Short Rifles and Rifle Muskets.

So recently Rick Burton of http://www.ccrelics.com made available a very good condition 1863 Richmond Carbine with a linen sling. I contacted him and we negotiated a fair price that we both could live with. I received the Carbine shortly after and “WOW” I was extremely impressed with the condition of the weapon.

It was the first CW weapon I’d purchased from Rick and was impressed with the overall experience. His website was user friendly and he had a large selection of neat Confederate pieces (and Union)…..and he’s got some nice edged weapons….if only I was rich…haha

So anyway back to my new 1863 Richmond Carbine, she’s a beauty the stock, barrel, lockplate and all hardware are correct and in very good condition…..heck it’s even got the original rear sling swivel screwed into the stock…..for anyone who doesn’t know the rear sling swivel is generally missing from most Richmond Carbines. And the icing on the cake is that it came with a Confederate Linen Sling, I will admit the sling is not perfect however neither am I…..lol

The butt plate is steel and marked U.S., the rear sight is original and the front sight hasn’t been filed down, the barrel band closest to the breech is Richmond made due to the U being offset, the brass nose cap has a nice patina and the lock plate has very good markings as well as good action. The stock is in great condition with some initials and the year 1865 lightly carved on the right side.

This brings my collection of Richmond’s to 9……6 Carbines, 1 Short Rifle and 2 Long Rifles……not bad if I do say so myself.

If you have any questions about this weapon or any of the other weapons in my Arsenal feel free to contact me at civilwararsenal@yahoo.com attn: Gene West

2 thoughts on “1863 Confederate States, Richmond Carbine & Linen Sling

  1. Gene, I received from a north Florida resident what looks like a Richmond rifle in poor condition. HBC is carved on one side of the stock and what seems to be 8 MC on the other. Disassembled it only and soaked in deep creep only to loosen parts. Modem looking drill & tap on the lock plate. Some sanding marks behind the hammer might explain lack of stop studs and numbers. US marked on butt plate. Is missing ram rod. Looks like end cap was cut off. I would like to restore as best I can by fixing the stock. Would you recommend fiberglass, epoxy, wood filler? I will not sell but don’t want to do anything I might regret. Thanks for any input and found your writings on this subject very helpful. Thanks!
    Frank Mc.
    Cumming Ga

    • Francis, based on the images you’ve provided I’m not convinced what you have is the remains of a Richmond weapon. I can’t tell what markings are on the Lock Plate, but if it doesn’t say C.S. & Richmond Virginia it’s not correct……what I can see from the image you’ve provided of the lock plate doesn’t have a hump on it…..that leaves me to believe it’s not a Richmond……all Richmonds have a hump under the Hammer.
      The remaining pieces are extremely rough……and the bolster on the barrel is absolutely not correct to a Richmond weapon……..you may want to reconsider restoring the weapon unless it’s just for the love of history.

      Regards Gene West

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