The M1862 Joslyn was used heavily throughout the war. It is known as one of the Union's first carbines to fire a metallic cartridge and is chambered in 56/56 rimfire, just like the M1860 Spencer. These carbines were issued to the 19th NY Cavalry, the 2nd Wisconsin, 4th Indiana Cavalry and many others. The M1862 is denoted by its brass furniture and friction-fit breech (later models would include a hinged breech).
This Joslyn is in great shape; and is a true first model; meaning it most likely saw heavy use during the war. All original from top to bottom, this carbine still retains all of its original stamps and has a great patina.
The lock is in great shape and holds solid on both full and half cock. The lock stamps are all crisp and legible and the lock plate has a great patina with no rust.
The breech block is in great condition with good markings and no rust, pitting, or damage. The lock up is nice and tight with no wiggle. The firing pin is in good shape; movable with no damage or mutilation.
The barrel is in great shape. Both front and rear sights are original and unmodified. A smooth patina covers the barrel with no pitting. The rifling is strong with some light; spotted pitting.
All the hardware is original and matching. The trigger bow is slightly misshapen indicating that it took a hit at some point in its life.
The stock is in great shape with one small cosmetic crack that starts at the breech and runs for about 3" before terminating just under the saddle bar. All the edges are nice and crisp indicating that the stock was never refinished. The inspector's cartouche is present and legible.
This carbine would be a great addition to any collector's arsenal, as a nice example of a great early war carbine. These first model Joslyns were only made in 1862 and 1863 until they were replaced with the improved Second Model in 1864.