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Re: Hotchkiss Carbine Cutoff/Safety
Posted by frontierwest on Friday, 2 January 2015, at 4:55 p.m., in response to Re: Hotchkiss Carbine Cutoff/Safety, posted by Keogh on Friday, 2 January 2015, at 3:57 p.m.
Thanks Ike.. and yes Vance is who I was thinking. One problem with the casings being found on the river bottom, like at the Baker fight... is the soil action ect on the casings and reality is (not having viewed them in those collections) like that of many others.. they are about useless as far as individual gun firing pin tracking as there is too much corrosion and damage.. but by type/class.. is pretty easily distinguished as to Sharpes, springfield ect. I was after Henry's and I doubt from items I recovered, they had looked on the other side of the river. Except for a few locations.. very few bullet recoveries were located. I chose not to share this information as I was tired of my other work being used for someone else's notoriety. I do have them sorted and GPS.ed but chose to no longer leave disks in the ground like on the previous sites. Interesting to note about the same usage by the Indians of Springfields, sharps, Henry's Ballards, pistols ect as the baker fight.. but again.. why not.. same Indians and only 20 miles distant perhaps? I was after a match to a few distinct Henry's, and did not find it. I did find this last summer In a Blackfeet camp, a similar mark/impression, but not the one.. do not know if I shared it or not.. but will if you like. Cold here!
Another interesting note is I wonder if an instruction to firing the Sharps was utilized? Ike mentioned the drag mark of the conversion sharps.. yes it is true, and makes extraction harder when the hammer is down.. and even loading if the hammer is down. They really could have used a three notch tumbler on this weapon and taught the soldier to cock the hammer one click to the rear on all movements of fire.
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