.656 Calibre, Smooth Bore, Percussion Carbine With 1858 Dated Action, Saddle Bar and highly optimistic flip up rear sights. It has an all original walnut stock and clean metal work with no rust or pitting. It has a heavy military percussion hammer and the lock plate is crisply stamped Crown VR and rubbed Enfield and 1858 date indicating it was one of the first production Bengal light cavalry carbines. The barrel rings are stamped with Enfield inspection marks and the barrel has indistinct Birmingham proof markings on it.
Enfield Pattern 1853 cavalry carbines were the standard used by the British army in India. By 1866 the stock of Pattern 53’s became diminished and conditions in India called for another issue of smooth bore carbines resulting in production of the ‘Bengal Light Cavalry Carbine’. The first production of 8000 Carbines used lock plates that were available from store, most if not all dated 1858. The 'Bengal Native Cavalry carbine' was smoothbore and .656 calibre; known as the P58-67. It is the 1858 dated lock which identifies it as a 'Bengal Native Cavalry Carbine’. They were generally considered of superior quality to the P 53’s ...Read full description