British Commercial Military Carbines 1750-1900

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British Commercial Military Carbines 1750-1900

By Barry Chisnall

30 copies now available. A4 size (21cm x 29.7cm), with 165 pages of full colour illustrations.

Aimed at collectors and shooters covering the large number of military style carbines, still in existence, which carry private proof marks from London or Birmingham and were not issued by the Board of Ordnance.

These carbines were made for private sale to volunteers, officers, police, prison service, The East India Company, overseas military and many others.

The book covers the political and economic conditions under which such carbines were made together with a categorisation of the carbines into groups based on the style and operation. The main and most important part of the book, however, is a photo gallery with colour illustrations of carbines from 1750 to 1900.

The photo gallery has been prepared, not with the well-known photos from The Tower, Royal Armouries or The National Army Museum. Instead, the Author has searched out the carbines that you will find at Arms Fairs, Auctions, Dealers Catalogues & Private Collections. These are mostly not Museum Quality (although some are exceptional quality) but represent the style and condition of carbines that are available in the real world.

The book includes a photo gallery with over 100 different carbines, including several rare types, such as flintlock breech loading carbines on the Crespi and Sartoris principles. Also, a rare muzzle loading spear carbine by Gully and rifled flintlock carbines by Nock and Baker as well as smoothbore flintlock carbines of Eliott and Heavy Dragoon patterns.

There are seven non Ordnance Paget carbines including rare musket bore variants from Mexico and New Zealand. New to this volume are Portuguse carbines made from imported British parts.

Also included are many percussion carbines together with capping breech loading carbines by Calisher & Terry and Westley Richards and patented CBL actions by Hughes, Prince, Green Bros and Mont Storm. As well as Snider and Martini Henry carbines there are variant patterns by Alexander Henry, Swinburn and Westley Richards and a 1900 Lee Enfield carbine by the LSA Co.


PART 1 Historical Background
Chapter 1 Volunteers
Chapter 2 The East India Company and Indian regiments
Chapter 3 Colonial Conflicts
Chapter 4 The London and Birmingham Gun Trade

PART 2 Carbine Photo Gallery
With photographs of over 100 carbines including:
Flintlock breech loading carbines on the Sartoris and Egg/Crespi principle
Spear carbine by Gully, Eliott style carbines, Paget carbines by Egg, Purdy & others
Rifled carbines by Nock & Baker
Rare patent carbines by Green, Hart, Prince & Hughes
Lovell style, Enfield, Calisher & Terry, Westley Richards, Snider, Martini and many others

PART 3 Carbine Patterns
Chapter 5 Flintlock Carbines
Chapter 6 Carbines of the East India Company and Indian Regiments
Chapter 7 Percussion Muzzle Loaders
Chapter 8 Capping Breech Loaders
Chapter 9 Cartridge Breech Loaders
Chapter 10 Gun Collecting

1. Non Ordnance Carbine Data Base
2. Irregular Indian Cavalry Regiments
3. Volunteer and Yeomanry Cavalry by County 1794 - 1802
4. Fencible Cavalry formed in 1794
5. List of Light Horse and Mounted Rifle Volunteers after 1860

Author Signed and Dedicated 

The Author is a friend of ours, so if you would like a copy signed by him, we are happy to arrange this for you. Also, if you are buying it as a gift, we can arrange for the dedication of your choice to be added by the Author, making it a really special and unique gift. 

Just include a note with your order with the NAME to be dedicated to, and we will arrange it for you. No extra charge.