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Re: fire arms experts needed....

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 27 January 2011, at 12:25 a.m., in response to Re: fire arms experts needed...., posted by FrontierWest on Wednesday, 26 January 2011, at 11:46 p.m.

Another "straight-hit" possibility would be the Ward-Burton, tested (as were all others) in both rilfle and carbine form. The 7th Cavalry had some of the latter on the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition.

The arms ordered for trial in 1870 were of the Allin, Remington, Sharps, and Ward-Burton designs. The Allin "won", and became the Model 1870, the rest were not destined to receive any direct orders from the U.S. Army, although Remington successfully marketed their RB worldwide, and to various paramilitary/militia groups here, most notably the State of New York.

The Remingtons and Sharps arms used in the trials are all unique models, unlike any others of their make. Those two carbines, especially the Sharps (I know of no extant example) are VERY, VERY rare.


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