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Tarpley Breech-loading Carbine
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Tarpley Breech-loading Carbine

Date: 1863
Catalog #: 222396    Accession #: 41356
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Maker

J. F. Garrett & Company (Manufacturer)

J. F. Garrett and Comapany was a well known manufacturer near Greensboro, North Carolina.

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 8.5" H x 40" W x 2.25" D

Physical Description

Tarpley breechloading carbine, .52 caliber. unfinished brass barrell and wood stock engraved on the barrel tang, “Jere Tarpley, February 14, 1863.”

General History

On Valentine’s Day, 1863, Jere H. Tarpley was given a Confederate States of America patent on a breech-loading carbine. The carbines were in production for about a year at J. F. Garrett and Comapany in North Carolina. Only a few hunderd were made. The Tarpley carbine had a major flaw. It did not have a gas seal to prevent erosive gases from escaping between the barrel and the breech-block when firing. With each shot, the gap between the barrel and the breech-block would grow larger.


Keywords

Country: United States
War: Civil War
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