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Re: Custer 'rifle'
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 12 July 2017, at 2:06 a.m., in response to Re: Custer 'rifle', posted by mike on Wednesday, 12 July 2017, at 12:57 a.m.
I have seen your pictures (thank you) but there are some obvious "problems" involved with the rifle having been used/picked up/whatever at LBH, at least in its' present configuration.
The receiver is old enough, but the breechblock dates to sometime post 1878, and that style of trigger was not adopted until January 1883. The block is slightly wider than the receiver, and the front edge - under the ears - is rounded, against the square cut in the receiver. This is not correct - components were issued as sets - square/square under 96,300, then rounded/rounded until end of production in 1893. FWIW, someone (NOT the army) has taken the trigger guard apart and swapped the swivel around - it belongs on the front.
Are there any markings on the lockplate? Even playing with your dark photo, I could not be sure. There are many other features on the gun which you did not show, but what IS there clearly disgrees with the Indian story, as he did NOT pick it up at LBH as you see it. You are correct in that a couple of rifles were often issued to cavalry troops, for use by sharpshooters. I am not aware of any of the numbers of such that may have been issued to the 7th, but, unfortunately that possiblity is moot, due to the mixed features. I believe your grandpa was lied to - but - in the 1920s NOBODY cared about such pesky little details. Perhaps HE had to replace some parts but did not remember to tell you about it?
Sorry to burst your balloon.
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