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Re: Modified Model 1873
Posted by Howie on Tuesday, 11 March 2014, at 8:37 p.m., in response to Re: Modified Model 1873, posted by Stephen B. McCartney on Wednesday, 5 March 2014, at 11:37 p.m.
Stephen, I have an 1873 Trap Door, modified long ago, into a Hog Leg pistol. I suspect it was a bank robbers dream. The hammer is cut down so it could be pre- cocked and ready when pulled, worn through a leather belt, under a duster and would not catch or hang-up on clothing when drawn. It has a small brass pistol site at the end of the cut-down 16" barrel. The military rifle sight has been removed, again, probably to reduce the chance of it hanging up on fabric while being drawn from a belt. It would look extremely menacing stuck through a bank teller's window bars! It looks like a large flint-lock pistol with rounded handle It is in firing order and one of my collection. Have you ever seen one used as a pistol? Assuming many U.S. Army soldiers kept their government issued Trap Doors I think there must be others? In advance, thanks for any info. Howie
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