Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Triplett and Scott Carbine

This carbine was patented by Louis Triplett of Columbia, Kentucky, in December of 1864. He received US patent 45,361 for a “magazine rifle” on December 6, 1864. 
While Triplett appears to have had no manufacturing experience or capability, he must have had friends or contacts in Louisville that put him in touch with W.T. Scott. 
Little is known of Scott, but at the very least he had some level of political influence, as Governor Bramlette of Kentucky ordered the state adjutant general to contract with Scott for the production of 5,000 long arms of 56-50 Spencer caliber for issue to the Kentucky State Home Guard.

Scott then contacted with the Meriden Manufacturing Company of Meriden, CT to produce the Triplett design. On January 2, 1865 he contracted for 3,000 Triplett & Scott rifles with 30” barrels and 2,000 Triplett & Scott carbines with 22” barrels.

The guns were delivered too late for use during the war, and the majority remained in Kentucky state inventory until 1870 at which time they were sold as surplus in one way or another. Many were sold for Pennies.

It was operated by depressing the latch in frame behind hammer that allows barrel to twist away in circular motion and come inline with the 7 shot tube magazine in butt. Then a cartridge would drop into the chamber and the barrel would then be rotated back to firing position. Firearm took the same rimfire metallic round as the Spencer carbine. It was comparable in quality to similar repeating rifles of its time, but was soon overshadowed by stronger models, such as the Sharps and Spencer. 


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