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Re: Geronimo's last Springfield
Posted by David Bell on Thursday, 5 September 2019, at 5:41 p.m., in response to Re: Geronimo's last Springfield, posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 5 September 2019, at 3:53 p.m.
Perhaps the long barrel full stock rifle prop was a cadet rifle... The trigger guard would then be explained. On a side note, When I was in my early teens, and interested in trapdoors, history, and scrounging through antique shops. My father" Delta " was working in Douglas, Arizona, at Paul Spurr lime plant for M.M. Sundt Construction Company.We lived in Tucson, but I would get to go down with my dad on occasions. There was an antique/junk shop in the old downtown area. In the window on the sidewalk hung by wires was a Trapdoor Springfield rifle, in a carbine stock. There was no bar, or ring, but it had the oval carbine stock washers. It had the 1879 sight, and the gun was in rough condition. The store owner was an old guy. He said it was Geronimo's rifle, and that his father had bought it in the early 1920's from a ranch that had folded where it had hung on a wall. The gun was not for sale he said, at any price.. period! Anyway, when dad would take me down to Douglas I would always go to see that rifle. The last time I visited it was in 1974 just before enlisting in the Navy. That was 45 years ago. I am sure that the antique shop is long gone now, as well as that rifle. However, it is a place for you to start your search. There was a gun shop in Douglas back then as well that had tried to buy the rifle as well with no success, they had a lot of old stuff on display. They may still be there. I do not remember the name of the shop, but Douglas is not big, or was not anyway. It is a border town, So it is in the correct location for that gun as well.. Good luck with your search, and keep us posted.. I hope you can find out what happened to that gun weather it was really Geronimo's or not.
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