These were designed for use on horseback so they were shorter than the old type guns. Unfortunately, the war ended before their goal of manufacturing 6000 carbines was reached. One carload was shipped, but intercepted by the Yankees and most of the guns were destroyed.
About a dozen guns survived (most of them went home with the northerners as souvenirs) and they are an extremely valuable collector’s items today – Antique Roadshow, here we come!!!.