Originally, this carbine was a Robbins @ Lawrence Model - 1841 Contract Rifle, and its barrel and stock were shortened to adapt this weapon to calvery use. The R&L model 1841 rifle was a well made contract rifle on the market before the Civil War. Of the 15,000 rifles made for the U.S., 2000 rifles were stored in the Baton Rouge Arsenal before the war started. The Rifle was purchased by Ed Anthony in the early 1960's and he traded it to me for a rare Musket. The original label is marked "LW Atkins Family" Patrick County, Virginia $275.00. .54 caliber total length 40" barrel length 24". LWA and TKA letters are carved in the gun stock.