It's always important in antique firearms that the wood and metal have not been refinished. This looks to be in great, aged condition without any meddling by the previous owner.
- Fact 1: The Burnside carbide rifle was designed by Ambrose Burnside, a high-ranking officer in the U.S. Army during the Civil War.
- Fact 2: The rifle had a uniquely designed cartridge and loading mechanism which eliminated the emission of hot gas, a problem for other rifles at the time.
- Fact 3: By his own admission and by his performance in the Civil War, Burnside was not a very good commander. His rise through the ranks is attributed to his prestige because of the Burnside rifle.
- Fact 4: By the end of the Civil War, around 43 Union cavalry regiments were armed with the Burnside carbide, making it the third most used carbide in the Civil War.
- Fact 5: Ambrose Burnside's unique facial hair led to the popular term "burnsides." The syllables were later reversed, giving us the more modern term, "sideburns."