just read the rules, something I do very rarely, and realized why I haven't had any comments at all about my short story. Sorry everyone. So here's where you can comment, criticize, etc my short story "Palomino Valley"
Here's my reply to Long Johns Wolf who wrote
Willie's pistol: year 1866, Colt Army model conversion for .44 Henry RF...must have been a Colt Army Long Cylinder Conversion. Am I correct?
How does the story continue?
Long Johns Wolf
basically I took some ideas from "Last Stand at Saber River" and combined them with the good ol' John Ford belief that "just make people assume that's how it was."
Far as I'm concerned, mechanically, it would have been silver soldered cylinders with heeled henry 44 boolits I guess. They would have had a channeled breech with no loading gate, loading levers left on and a removable fire pin so the boys could still fire the guns c&b if needed.
I'll look up the issues of GOWs too. I know Mr. Adler had two articles on conversions that showed that a home-gunsmithy could have done it back then, much like Mr. Strite and Mr. Kirst are doing it now.
*edit* Found them:
GOW #61 - "Kirt/Strite 1861 Navy .38lc"
GOW #62 - "When the Big Guns Roared"
GOW #67 - "Evolution of Metallic Cartridge Conversions"
- all of which were written by Mr. Dennis Adler, and I further found more research online, at the West Texas Plains Museum, Taos, and Durango myself in my personal research.
The "transistional period" from the end of the Civil War to the Union's Centennial is my favorite time period for CAS. Although my research, thesis, and my hobby is basically from when Mr. Jefferson bought some land from the French all the way to 1900. Needless to say my mentor professors and I have been having a blast, both literally and figuratively with my research.
in the story, it was their father who was the artisan gunsmith. He gave them to the boys before he left for Palomino Valley and they went off to war.
-again, sorry for the mishap. I guess it would help if I read instructions every once in a while