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Re: 1861 L.G.Y. Contract Rifle
Posted by Stuart Jamison on Friday, 1 July 2011, at 6:59 p.m., in response to Re: 1861 L.G.Y. Contract Rifle, posted by John Gross on Friday, 1 July 2011, at 9:59 a.m.
Colt was so wrapped up in his open-ended pistol conrract that Holt and Owen almost chopped his musket contract for non-compliance. Colt beat his deadline by barely two weeks. It is widely believed that the first 10,000 pieces delivered (the so-called "Jarvis guns") were stamped "STEEL" on the left vertical barrel flat. I had one of these pieces for years, and it was very painful to let it go.
All this discussion explains Colt, but how did LG&Y get onto the British thing? The partners got a contract from the British gov to produce P53Mark2s for use in the Crimea. It is widely supposed that this was the basis for the LG&Y muskets. I have noclue as to how the Amoskeags came about, but, with the lock plate's over-sized eagle, it's certainly the prettiest of the lot.
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