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Re: Custer rifle
Posted by bw on Thursday, 13 July 2017, at 11:23 p.m., in response to Re: Custer rifle, posted by mike on Thursday, 13 July 2017, at 10:14 p.m.
Am I the only one who thinks this conversation is getting a little odd? In many years work as an archaeologist I have found perfect prehistoric-style Indian artifacts made out of beer bottle glass, 1918 headstamped Mauser cases in 19th century western ghost towns and Ford Model T spark plugs in Spanish colonial mission sites, so I would not like to go on record as stating categoricaly that it is impossible that the rifle in question was "picked up on the Custer battlefield". However - the preponderance of expert advice seems to indicate that this is not likely. Some arguments offered on the subject in this forum seem to resemble the ancient debates on how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Would not the most likely explanation be that the seller back in the 1920's said "I picked this up at the Little Big Horn battlefield" because he thought it sounded better than "I got this last week from Francis Bannerman"? I could not swear to it, but I believe that some people do this even today.
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