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Re: A Crate of 20 Rifles

Posted by John on Friday, 3 January 2014, at 6:52 p.m., in response to Re: A Crate of 20 Rifles, posted by Wayne McLerran on Friday, 3 January 2014, at 2:05 a.m.

I checked the SRS database, and NONE of the numbers listed for the crate are documented in any way. That does not prove that they were NOT issued to Montana, just that no documentation has been found.

There are several dozen rifles documented to Co. H, 1st Montana Volunteer Infantry, with a cluster in 78,000-83,000 range, some more scattered in the 180,000 range, some more in the 234-237,000 range, including a cluster of about 20 between 237,290- 237,572 and one rifle in the 316,000 range.

There is no other listing for any Montana except for several dozen cadet rifles with the “MONT COLLEGE OF A&MA. ” (There is also a rifle noted as “237221 1879 Rifle, 09/13/1884 GEN G W WINGATE” which certainly looks interesting! Wingate was one of the leading marksmanship proponents of the era.)


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