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Re: Second Battle of Adobe Walls
Posted by John Gross on Friday, 19 July 2019, at 9:53 p.m., in response to Second Battle of Adobe Walls, posted by Jeffrey Hooper on Friday, 19 July 2019, at 9:17 p.m.
First off, I don't see how Mr. Baker can assert the area was "unoccupied" for over 100 years. Was he there the whole time? Surely there is a strong possibility a cowpoke, buffalo hunter or whoever may have passed through a year or couple of years after the battle and maybe shot himself a rabbit or deer for dinner.
As to availability of the Colt SAA, of the first 8,652 revolvers shipped from September 1872 to March 1874, 8,000 were to fulfill the military contract and the remaining 652 were for the civilian market. The very first shipment on September 2, 1872 were all civilian revolvers (serial numbers 1-176).
As to availability of the Springfield rifle, in 1849 the government began a program to allow immigrants heading west to purchase rifles from military stores. In 1866, after the Civil War ended, there was renewed interest in the program. Whether 45-70 Trapdoor rifles/carbines were part of this program, I do not know.
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