According Roy Marcot in his book Spencer repeating firearms (I'll look up the page numbers) 1109 burnside carbines M1865 were made into two band rifles in 1873 with 1868 cleaning rods and 1868/1870 type rear trap door sights. The carbines were all sent back to springfield with damaged barrels. The fore ends likely came from springfields alteration of the Remington rolling block.
Mine is one of these. Additional information about these can be found in "The 58 and 50 caliber rifles and carbines of Springfield armory 1865-1872". Page 157. See also http://ugca.org/firepower/firepowermain.htm, It has a very short description of them.
I also have a M1860 carbine in 56/50 that was damaged and sent back and upgraded to the M1865, with a sleeve in the barrel and the Stabler cut off but the top is marked 1860.
As a matter of fact way back when my dad found in shooting times illustrated magazine from 1966 had an article called "shoot that spencer" and showed how to alter the breech block to center fire. My dad bought another breech block from Dixie gun works for 7.00$ plus shipping and my grandfather who was a machinist for Sears and Roebuck made the alteration and I shoot both my rifle and carbine. we at first made cases to shoot it out of .348 Winchester before cases were available.
Another One i guess I'd list on the outside looking in is my Harpers Ferry model 1855 rifle musket dated 1857. Kind of a hard gun to find, but rare dated 1857.
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