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Re: Dick's Records on 1873 Carbines

Posted by John S. on Tuesday, 22 December 2015, at 7:10 p.m., in response to Re: Dick's Records on 1873 Carbines, posted by Michael H. Collins on Tuesday, 22 December 2015, at 3:57 p.m.

It seems unlikely that trapdoor carbines would have been issued directly from U.S. Army control to the Texas Rangers on any sort of temporary basis. The only scenario that makes sense to me would be that they were turned over to become property of the State of Texas under the Militia Act of 1808 allocations. They may have been physically issued direct from an Army post, while the ownership documents caught up via the state.

From my research on another state, it does not appear that there was any effort to recall arms which had been issued to a state for updating or exchange for new models.

I believe Al had posted state issues under the Militia Act of 1808, and they may tell when Texas got carbines issued. I do not know how the Rangers fit into the state's military structure at that time, but would not be surprised if they were at least quasi-military/militia in addition to their law enforcement function.

There is a Texas Rangers Museum, and maybe some of the folks there know of other Ranger issued small arms and possible markings and sources.


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