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    Getting Started With Cavalry Carbines...

    Hey all, I have just "discovered" Civil War Carbines, and am very interested in them. I think they are really neat and would like to get a nice representative collection of them. Any suggestions on what to start with? I am from Ohio, so I would lean towards those issued to Ohio units... I do shoot all of my collection, so this would be shot. I am not new to older rifles, I have had some European guns like Dreyses and Gras. Any advise on where to look or what to look for would be greatly appreciated. One website I keep looking at is horsesoldier. com. Are they any good?

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    There is a Mike Kent Civil War Show just south of Nashville TN on December 1-2. I forget the name of the city. Google Mike Kent Shows and you should find all the info. There will be more Civil War guns there than you would ever care to see. Be prepared to spend the better part of the day there. Matter of fact, there is one this weekend in Richmond VA, but that's kinda late notice and may be a longer drive.

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    Well since you are from Ohio you will need an Ohio manufactured Gwyn and Campbell.
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    The N-SSA's Carbine Team Matches are a great way to relive history and learn a lot about how Cavalry Carbines were actually used-did I mention that they are challenging and A LOT OF FUN!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgmradio View Post
    Well since you are from Ohio you will need an Ohio manufactured Gwyn and Campbell.
    I didn't know these where made in Ohio! The carbines I was looking at before where Smiths, Burnsides, Starr, and Gallager. I guess this is on the list now! All the Gwyn and Campbells I have seen tend to be more expensive than other designs. Is there a reason for that? Less built?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal View Post
    There is a Mike Kent Civil War Show just south of Nashville TN on December 1-2. I forget the name of the city. Google Mike Kent Shows and you should find all the info. There will be more Civil War guns there than you would ever care to see. Be prepared to spend the better part of the day there. Matter of fact, there is one this weekend in Richmond VA, but that's kinda late notice and may be a longer drive.
    I will say I live very close to the Civil War show in Mansfield, Ohio. One of the biggest in the country. I have always gone for the World War Two Guns though, never paid much attention to the Civil War ones. Unfortunately, I don't have leave during that show or the Mike Kent one... I guess I will have to keep looking. Any shows around Christmas time? Or are there any stores you like? Brick and mortar or online.

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    A good source for carbines is Lodgewood at Lodgewood.com. They also attend several of the civil war shows around the country. I would like to point out there is extensive array of books on carbines both in general and on specific models. Gwyn and Campbell has an interesting history in the early war period and I believe it has itís own book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southron Sr. View Post
    The N-SSA's Carbine Team Matches are a great way to relive history and learn a lot about how Cavalry Carbines were actually used-did I mention that they are challenging and A LOT OF FUN!!!

    Just fill out the form linked below and begin a genuine adventure in history, fun and fellowship:

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    Hello Mr. 990,
    What Southron didn't say is the N-SSA's Fort Shenandoah is a great source for original carbines. Lodgewood is one of the vendors there. We also have the Small Arms Committee guys with unsurpassed expertise in all arms Civil War. For the price of a couple sliders I'm sure John and Bruce would be willing to provide lots of great advice. Of course you might want to join up first.

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