Carbine, Percussion

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Circa 1860s
A Calisher & Terry .30 bore breech loading percussion carbine with an iron butt plate and barrel band, an adjustable leaf-type rear sight marked to 900 yards and a safety cover over the nipple attached to the front of the trigger guard by a brass chain. A cleaning rod is inserted into a slot in the stock. " KUPAPA " is marked lightly by hand on one side of the butt. " CALISHER & TERRY. MAKERS TO H.M. WAR DEPARTMENT." and " TERRY'S PATENT .30 BORE " is marked on the top of the barrel. " CALISHER & TERRY LONDON. " is marked on the lockplate. " 8638 " is marked on a metal strap on the underside of the butt. " 426 " is marked on the cleaning rod. There is a small trap in the butt plate
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Circa 1860s
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This carbine is an example of the first bolt action rifle used by the British Army. These carbines were first issued to Colonial forces in New Zealand in 1863 and 1000 had been imported by 1864. They were typically used by volunteer and irregular units as well as Māori kupapa. " KUPAPA " is marked lightly on the one side of the butt of this weapon.
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