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Re: Custer rifle

Posted by John S. on Thursday, 13 July 2017, at 11:59 p.m., in response to Re: Custer rifle, posted by Keogh on Thursday, 13 July 2017, at 10:52 p.m.

Even if you get a suitable fired case to provide sample firing pin impressions, the bigger problem will be getting the people who currently have them to break out the fired cases originally recovered from the LBH battlefield and doing the forensic comparisons. That requires "crime lab" equipment not normally available at a National Park Service site, and the bureaucratic hurdles of getting someone interested enough to figure out how to determine all the hoops needed to be jumped through, and then doing so may be insurmountable.

The original comparisons were done a number of years ago, and everyone involved is probably dead or transferred, and the current employees may find it a lot easier to find excuses on why they cannot do this than to work overtime to make it happen.

I suspect that they highly discourage this type of comparison, otherwise every person who has a trapdoor will want their gun tested too, and if they do it for one they will be expected to do it for everyone. As I recall, the original tests were done as part of an archaeological project concerning artifacts recovered after the area burned off, so it was a one time opportunity.


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