SPENCER REPEATING FIREARMS
Roy M. MarcotIrvine: Northwood Heritage Press, 1983. 316pp. Index. Numerous photographs. Bibliography. Appendix. Diagrams. Pictorial endsheets. Facsimiles. Brown leather-like binding. All page edges gilt. First edition, limited edition of 100 (This copy is unsigned and unnumbered but has the name “Frank Mixon” stamped in gold on the front cover.). Fine copy in an equally nice the cloth publisher’s slipcase. The Spencer rife, the brainchild of Christopher Miner Spencer, was the first repeating rife adopted by the U. S. military. It was initially issued to the U. S. Navy and subsequently adopted by the cavalry. In all, over 100,000 firearms were issued to Federal troops during the Civil War. This is not only the most comprehensive volume on the Spencer; but, it is a well-written biography of its inventor as well. Additionally, there is extensive information on other Spencer models, cartridge boxes, bayonets and accessories. The extensive photographs enhance its usefulness to any firearms enthusiast. Clearly, scarce in this limited edition.