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Short Land Pattern (2d Model) "Brown Bess" Musket, Cal .75
Italian gunmaker Davide Pedersoli made this copy of an 18th century "Brown Bess" musket. The lock is marked GRICE - 1762 and bears the King's Crown and initials GR (for Georgeus Rex, meaning Property of King George). The lock and barrel have been professionally browned to replicate the appearance of an antique musket. There are no visible import marks or serial number on the barrel. The brass furniture is unpolished and has mellow patina. This musket is accompanied by a triangular bayonet and powderhorn with a hand-carved map showing the forts of the upper Hudson River valley during the Revolutionary War. Snapshot
 
U.S. Model 1841 "Mississippi Rifle," Cal .54
Euroarms made this copy of the U.S. Model 1841 "Mississippi Rifle." I bought it in 2010 from Civil War artist Bradley Schmehl. He used it as prop during live history presentations and as a model when he painted "Tigers to the Rescue. This beautiful oil painting shows the 1st Louisiana Infantry, known as "Wheat's Tigers," charging a Yankee artillery position at the Battle of Winchester in 1862. A reproduction M1841 sword bayonet with leather scabbard came with the rifle. Snapshot
 
Model 1860 Henry Repeating Rifle, Cal .44-40
Uberti made this excellent copy of the Model 1860 Henry Rifle. It has been aged to look like an original Henry. The octangular barrel and lever have been browned, the brass receiver left unpolished, and the walnut stock stressed and darkened. During the Civil War, a Confederate officer referred to the Henry as "that damn Yankee rifle you could load on Sunday and shoot all week long." While a regulation rifled-musket could fire three rounds per minute, the Henry could fire an astounding 24 rounds in the same time. This was due to the successful use of metallic cartridges, a tubular magazine below the barrel, and a lever-action that cocks the weapon before chambering a new round. The Union Army purchased about 1,700 Henry rifles during the Civil War. After the war, these rifles played a significant role in taming the American West. Snapshot
 
U.S. Model 1873 Carbine, Cal .45-70
Harrington-Richardson made this copy of the U.S. Model 1873 carbine in 1973 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. This is a faithful copy of the carbine that was carried by Custer's 7th Cavalry when the regiment was wiped out by Indians in 1876. It features a trapdoor loading assembly, an adjustable tang rear site, and a saddle ring. Snapshot
 
The Rifleman's Rifle, Cal .44-40

This Winchester Model 1892 style rifle was made in 1925. It is identical to one of the three rifles that actor Chuck Connors used from 1958 to 1963 on the popular TV series "The Rifleman." It has a large loop cocking lever with an adjustable mechanism that presses against the trigger each time the lever is closed. Like Lucas McCain's iconic rifle, my carbine is chambered for the venerable .44-40 cartridge. Here is a 1960 Guns Magazine article about the Rifleman's fast-firing rifle. Snapshot

 
Rossi Overland Double Barrel "Coach Gun" Shotgun, 12 Gauge
This short, double barrel shotgun is perfect for home defense, especially when loaded with 00 buckshot. It features a set of 20" barrels, external hammers, walnut stock, and case hardened release latch and triggers. These guns are hard to find today, as they were last imported into the U.S. during 1988. They are popular with cowboy action shooters who want to carry firearms like those used in the old west. Snapshot
 
Colt Model 1911 World War I Commemorative
Colt made this pistol in 1968 to commemorate the WWI of Battle of Belleau Wood. This gun is in the WWI configuration with a long trigger, short grip safety, and no recess on the frame behind the trigger. The slide is marked with a commemoration scroll with the name and date of the battle. Although 47 years old, this pistol is in 99% condition. Snapshot
 
Model 1873 Single Action Army
E.M.F. imported this excellent copy of the Colt Model 1873 cavalry revolver made by Uberti. It has a 7 1/2" barrel and replica U.S. government acceptance markings. It is chambered in .45 Colt. I replaced the original walnut grips (with government cartouch) with a set of Colt black rubber eagle grips.
 
Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army Commemorative
Colt made this .45 caliber revolver in 1961 to commemorate the company's 125th Anniversary. It is a 2nd generation Colt with a 7 1/2 inch barrel. The finish is deep blue with gold plating on the grip straps, hammer, trigger, cylinder pin and ejector rod head. It has been in my family for over 50 years and remains in nearly new condition. Snapshot
 
Colt Civil War Centennial Commemoratives, .22 Short
Colt made this pair of pistols in 1961 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American Civil War. They are less than 1/2 the size of an actual M1860 Colt revolver. They are single shot and the cyclinder must be removed to reload. My father gave these pistols to my brother and me when we were young boys. They have consecutive serial numbers. Snapshot

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