Pop! Pop! Watch a Smith Carbine in Action
Some Union troops loved the gun, others did not. We tested it out to see for ourselves!
More than 30,000 Smith carbines were issued by the Federal government to Union troops during the Civil War. Despite some complaints about its design, it was the 4th most widely used carbine in the Union arsenal. Watch Civil War Times Editor Dana B. Shoaf fire his Smith carbine and explain the innovative loading mechanism.