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Re: Verified Custer carbine?
Posted by Joe Busch on Thursday, 26 August 2010, at 8:08 p.m., in response to Re: Verified Custer carbine?, posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 24 June 2010, at 12:47 p.m.
I did acquire this weapon from the Greg Marin Auction after having done some research in John duMont's "Custer Battle Guns", including the article by Wiley Sword, Al Frasca's "The .45-70 Springfield Book, II," and the books by Fox and Scott, Fox, Connor & Harmon on the archeological aspects of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Based on those sources, this weapon was most likely issued either to the 3rd Cavalry or to the 7th Cavalry. If issued to the 3rd Cavalry, it was probably lost either at the Battle of the Powder River or at the Battle of the Rosebud, in which case it would have been used against the 7th Cavalry on June 25, 1876. What information did Mr. Spalla provide about this carbine? Do you have any knowledge about how I might further research the provenance of this trapdoor?
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