Family Heirloom. Any idea what gun?

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by losttyper, May 17, 2012.

  1. 3/2 STA SS

    3/2 STA SS Active Member

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    That story makes sense. They would get all hopped up on drugs and fight and the .38 was not stopping them. The same reason we should have never stopped using the .45 in the military.
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    The story is only partly true; the Army did have barrels of the Model 1873 cut down, by both Colt and Springfield Armory, but the guns were not "assembled from a parts stockpile"; they were re-assembled after the work was done, but on some batches, Colt made no effort to keep the parts together, so many of those so-called "Artillery Models" have mixed parts. That work was not especially related to the Spanish American War or the Philippine Insurrection; the work was well underway 2-3 years before the war. But the hurried assembly from parts makes a better story and people who write for those magazines are story tellers, not historians.

    As for the screws, I noticed that they look in better condition than the rest of the gun; they may be replacements, but I don't think recent ones.

    Jim
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