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Re: Geronimo's last Springfield

Posted by John on Saturday, 7 September 2019, at 10:51 a.m., in response to Re: Geronimo's last Springfield, posted by Lawrence F. Nirenberg on Saturday, 7 September 2019, at 12:35 a.m.

I give up. The internet is a big place with hundred or thousands of Geronimo or Apache photos, many of them duplicates in terms of the image but varying from tiny thumbnails to massive glass plates carefully scanned. I wasted about an hour and found a good clear copy of the first one, the kneeling studio pose and see the trigger guard as having the pad for the sling swivel mostly cut off with a small nub remaining closest to the guard plate.

I was not able to find images sufficiently clear to tell much about some of the others you mention.

Not having sufficient time or interest to track down every possible image location to see what is being discussed, I am unable to form an opinion on which of these guns might have been actually belonged to Geronimo (as opposed to studio props or borrowed from someone for photo use). It is probably good to compare all the photos to see if the same guns turn up with everyone shot at a certain time and place which would suggest more likely "prop" than "personal."

Little of this is any help to your real question about what happened to the rifle which was once possessed by Fort Sill.

Has anyone attempted to establish a chain of custody for the cut down M1866 in the Smithsonian- (See wikimedia commons Springfield trapdoor carbine owned by Geronimo)? Possibly that is the Ft. Sill gun?

Good luck in your quest.


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