During the so called period “of transition”, soon after the end of the Civil War, many weapons played, more or less, important part in american history. The Smith Carbine was one of those weapons : many pioneers ventured West armed with their trustworthy Smiths. The hinged breech action allowed a quick and easy reload even on horseback. The reproduction of the Smith Carbine is available in CAVALRY version .50 cal. with saddle bar ring, ARTILLERY with sling swivels and finely hand engraved.