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Re: Custer rifle
Posted by mike on Thursday, 13 July 2017, at 4:12 p.m., in response to Re: Custer rifle, posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 13 July 2017, at 3:51 p.m.
i learned of the upgrades from you and i didn't mean to seam to say that he had to pick up the riffle as is. he could have picked it up used it for a long time then upgraded it used it some more and then retire it. i still think that an indian in the vicinity almost a hundred years ago before the huge collector demand without knowledge of serial numbers or the custer range nor my grandfather would happen to produce a rifle in the custer range in montana who said he had fought at the battle as a young man and at the time he sold it being old. minus the modifications and an indians likeliness to get them the story seems quite plausible to me.as i said earlier my grandpa new a retired colonel who saw the rifle and my grandpa was curious if he had any information. he was familiar with the "defense dept" and checked their records and said that it was in the 7th. that was in the early 50's so i don't know if records were lost since then. he gave my grandpa a letter which is now lost. i am not even an aficionado of current guns so forgive amateur lingo. the indian did say he fought in the battle so that would still make him a liar.
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