An Incredibly Scarce Dublin Castle Eliott Carbine. With plain barrel and tang, the former with fore-sight also forming the lug for a bayonet, stamped with Ordnance proofs at the breech, border engraved lock with 'GR' crowned and â€˜DUBLIN CASTLEâ€™ across the tail, figured full stock, with apron around the barrel tang, regulation brass mounts, flat side-plate of shaped outline, brass fore-end cap, steel sling bar, (Metal work pitted overall, cracks and repairs to woodwork). With bayonet engraved, â€™20â€™.
As per common practice of the time, a pattern of the 1773 Eliott Carbine was sent to Ireland, where some were made for the 21st Light Dragoons (Royal Foresters). Several of these survive bearing the regiments mark on the barrel and 'DUBLIN CASTLE' on the lock. Modified slightly from Elliot's original 1773 version, an unusual feature of this Irish version is that the barrel is held to the stock by slots and keys (as was common on sporting guns) instead of the normal pin-and-loop method. This version of the carbine has become known as the Royal Forester's Carbine of 1776. Although not uncommon, it is known to be rarer than the Eliott Carbine.