P1856 Barnett Cavalry Carbine
While the P1856 Enfield Cavalry Carbine saw hard use by the Confederacy during the war, it remains a scarcity on the modern collector market. Modern estimates suggest that the South may have imported as many as 10,000 of these handsome weapons, however reproductions of the P1856 are essentially nonexistent. This is why we are so excited about David Stavlo's latest project - a fully Custom P1856 Cavalry Carbine that shoots as good as it looks.
David began the project with a Parker Hale P1861 Musketoon barrel. The barrel was shortened and defarbed, before the sights and the bayonet lug were removed Then a custom P56 two leaf rear sight was brazed to the barrel, as was a new front sight, and lug for the swivel rod. A new ramrod was then fabricated from scratch and an original P56 swivel assemble was used to install it on the barrel. The correct Barnett London proof marks and timing mark were applied to the barrel and the entire barrel was draw filed (like the originals) and reblued.
One of our custom-engraved early Barnett lock plates was then selected and fit up with Parker Hale internal parts. A reproduction hammer that was cast off of an original was then finished and mounted onto the lock before the plate and hammer were both sent off to be color case hardened using 19th Century methods
The furniture is a mixture Parker Hale and custom-made components. Among the custom parts is saddle bar and ring that were made largely from scratch.
These parts were mounted on a custom English Walnut stock that was shaped and finished by David. The stock was lightly stained before being sealed with several coats of hand-rubbed oil finish.
Finally, a correct JS Anchor cartouche was applied to the stock. Like original Barnett P1856 Cavalry Carbines, the only stock marking is the JS Anchor.
The finished carbine is a truly custom and breathtaking reproduction of one of the South's more unusual weapons.