Cavalry charge with rifle
The Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard uses a variety of weapons during demonstrations.
The Civil War cavalryman used a variety of weapons. The Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard uses handguns, such as the 1858 .44-caliber Remington New-Model Revolver and .45-caliber Colt New Army Model 1873. They also use firearms, such as the 1873 .45-caliber Remington Lever-Action Repeater Rifle and the 1873 12-guage double-barrel shotgun.
The cavalryman might have also carried a saber. The Model 1861 Light Cavalry Saber was the standard pattern issued. The saber gave the horse Soldier another weapon in his arsenal if the situation required its use.