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Re: Another One For Pete

Posted by Fred on Friday, 14 May 2010, at 11:52 a.m., in response to Re: Another One For Pete, posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 14 May 2010, at 8:39 a.m.

Dick, as far as there being any two sequential serial numbers being listed in any of the crates, I'm not sure. I'll have to dig up the photo copies sent to me of the original records written in 1899. That'd be interesting to see if it actually Did occur. Along with the information sent to me by Frank Mallory was the photo copied log of the 26th's time in the Pillipines for it's entire stay there. It included a lot of information about daily activities and combat engagements as they occured. One of the 26th's rifles is currently displayed in the Smithsonian Institution. It was sent back to the states by a unit surgeon who'd noted it's damage in the receiver and sideplate by a bullet from an inserecto's rifle. That particular event was also recorded in the unit log that I had a copy of. 171117 and 172986 were in the same crate but of course weren't sequentialy numbered rifles. However, it Was a rare occurance for them to have come together again. Actually, I found the receiver of 171117 at a Kansas City gun show and traded a Krag bayonet for it. I'd been carrying the list that contained all of the rifles of the 26th around with me at every show for years and by chance, came across the receiver of 171117. I replaced the receiver of another early 1898 rifle with it and so made it somplete again. That rifle also had been issued with the 1896 front and rear sights and handguard and so was a perfect match for the 171117 receiver. Most other rifles that I'd seen from that grouping in and around rifles 171117 and 172986 had the 1896 front and rear sights, and so I'm confident that all of those issued to the 26th and that hadn't been updated later were originaly issued that way. The sad part of the story is that after I lost my job years ago, a dealer I'd known for years at a gun show loaned me the money for my upcoming rent while he held onto my grandfathers rifle that he swore he'd keep until I got back to him with the money in a month. When I got back with him, The SOB had sold the rifle and had absolutely no recollection about where in the U.S. or at what gun show he'd sold it let alone WHO he'd sold it to. 172986 was gone. My name and city where I used to live (Kansas City, MO)is in the lightening hole drilled in the buttstock next to the rod and oiler trap hole. You've got to take the plate off to find them on the index card that is rolled up along with the information about my grandfather, James Mett Shippee buying it in 1923 from the American legion post in North Kansas City, MO for the sum of $2.50 . I'm still looking for the rifle. It had been in a beautiful tiger stripe walnut stock and handguard with an inspector dated stamp of 1900. The stock that the rifle originaly came with when my grandpa bought it was a MINT blonde 1896 stock and handguard with no inspectors proof on the left side. It only had a small W on th wrist behind the trigger guard. The entire run of the model 1898 rifles that were issued to the 26th United states Volunteer Infantry had 1896 front sights and 1896 rear sights. So, the replaced stock that was put on it at some time had the correct handguard but the wrong model stock. However, as we all know, the 96 stock Will fit on an 1898 action. The barreled actionof the rifle had been cleaned and I believe Armory reblued, but still had some old pitting under the edges of the forarm from the wet, Phillipine weather when it was used there. Anyway, I'd taken the mint 96 stock and handguard off of it earlier and had put it on a near mint 96 barreled action and had put my grandfathers barreld action and furniture on a correct 1898 stck with a matching 96 handguard that came with it which was the tiger striped stock with the 1900 stamp. The other rifle, 171117, I kept for awhile but upon not being able to find it's crate mate, I sold it along with the Winchester scope (A5?) that I'd mounted on it with the reproduction Krag telescope base that Bill Mook sold to me at a gun show for $40.00 that he'd had made up along with a bunch of others. It replaced the rear sight and mounted on the barrel with the same screws after removing the handguard for clearance. I included the handguard along with the deal along with photo copies of everything sent to me by Frank Mallory on the 26th U.S. Volunteer Infantry. Being young, I foolishly lost my grandfathers rifle before I'd learned that not all men have the integrety that they claim to have and that I prided myself in having. The rifle (172986)is out there now, somewhere and so is 171117. Brophy and Mook are both going to give me hell for that when I hopefully meet them again in the afterlife. 20/20 hind sight certaily has it's price. Anyway...it pays to look at serial numbers of rifles and receivers that one sees at gun shows.


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