The 56-56 Spencer Rimfire was introduced in 1860 and
was the first Spencer Cartridge and Rifle. It was used in
the Civil War in 1863, on the order of President Lincoln.
It was later manufactured by many companies until 1920.
It is now a scarce item, as you can't reload rimfire
ammunition. To learn more check out Barber's rimfire
book, in our book section! 3 different
Spencer (no headstamp)
believed to be made
in the 1860s by the Stamp
for Spencer Rifle Company.
The case was made by
for the Stamp Copper
Company, who finished the
cartridge for Spencer Rifle
The reason being in those days
the Gun maker (Spencer) had to
supply the cartridges for the gun
they produced, as no one esle
would have them available. They
may also be Springfield Armory,
using C.D. Leet Cases, at any
rate, they are old ! Only 1
Cartridge available .
( H headstamp )
Repeating Arms Company
from 1878 to app. 1911
Spencer (U headstamp) produced by
Union Metallic Cartridge Company
from 1867 to app. 1911.
However, the impressed "U"
headstamp was used from 1887 to
1911, so this is in that era.
only 1 cartridge available.