Artillery carbine M1862/66/69
The only things being large in this carbine are the Swivels for the strap. See the M1862/66 beside a M1849 – this is twice as long from the lock and forwards!
The carbine was developed for the foot artillery with the rear strap-buckle attached beneath the butt, but this was moved as shown in the picture in 1866.
The carbine was converted to a Lund catridge rifle in 1869 – but did they ever find the time to use it before this? It must have been in for alterations most of the time. In 1869 the clearly superior Remington rifle had been in production for some time, it is strange they waited 20 years before making a carbine version of this.
The carbine had a sword bayonet similar to the one the short M1860 had, but with a 12 cm long grip and steel scabbard. I’ve never been offered this bayonet and therefor have a mjor hole in my collection.

Kammerlader carbines are scarce, very scarce. With the original open chamber they are virtually non-existing with the exception of the M1857, here you might find one or two.

They are charming little rifles and almost look like a little boys gun, downsized from his fathers large one. Everything except the bore seems to be scaled down from a "real" one and if just catching a glance of one on a picture, you might believe is was a M1859 or similar.

Value? I made a swap with the Norwegian Amy Museum in the 1970’s and “took” a really lovely artillery carbine in close to perfect condition. In a swap last year, the receiving party valued my carbine at NOK 35 000 - that I would call a very stiff price!. The one I have today is not as nice, but probably still worth somewhere in the range of NOK 15 000.

The value of the bayonet? For a perfect one complete with scabbard, probably close to the value of the carbine I have today. Actually, I don’t have the faintest idea. I’ve never been offered one –
take a hint!
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