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Re: fire arms experts needed....
Posted by FrontierWest on Wednesday, 26 January 2011, at 11:46 p.m., in response to Re: fire arms experts needed...., posted by rasmus on Wednesday, 26 January 2011, at 9:29 p.m.
Thanks for the response. I had wondered about the Rolling block. I'm sure a few of them were at that particular site during the field trials. I know many of the units were using the experimental brace systems and pouches and literally discarded the m1859 carbine slings in favor of the new brace system.
I was asked once if I had ever found any experimental forty five seventy ammo ca. 1872. I'm not that familiar with what guns were out in the field trials and their dates, but would be an interesting quest.
What I do know. the gun that fired that casing had a "center" firing pin and not an angular pin like the trapdoor series had. Also not a Sharps as they also tended to have an angular look to a full impression depending on mainspring tension and hammer weigh combo. Many of the 50 seventy Sharps fired casings show this... easily distinguished from its trapdoor counterpart.
So, I'm on a quest now to find on of those guns you mentioned and fortunately have a lot of folks I know, and one may have one for me to compare and inspect. Thanks!
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