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CAS City Classifieds / Re: Scully JW leather vest 2X
« Last post by DeaconKC on Yesterday at 11:24:29 PM »
CAS City Classifieds / Re: WTT .45 Opentop for .38 Octagon barrel
« Last post by DeaconKC on Yesterday at 11:24:00 PM »
The Barracks / Re: The 1884 Fatigue Uniform: Easy, Comfortable, inexpensive.
« Last post by 1961MJS on Yesterday at 10:51:04 PM »
C&C SUTLER's trousers don't have the correct back pocket. Not sure about Coon Creek's as they don't show a backside view.

Jack is correct, I DO have three pair of them.  They are great but SHOULD have the patch pocket.
Upcoming Musters / Re: 2022 GAF Grand Muster
« Last post by 1961MJS on Yesterday at 10:48:22 PM »
Hi Cathy

The food was great, and made things go a lot better.  It would be hard for us to cook decently and do Range Officer stuff.  Thanks again.

The Barracks / Re: Pick up wrong Krag
« Last post by 1961MJS on Yesterday at 10:39:24 PM »
Mine has a new barrel, never blued it.  I got home with it.
Cas City Historical Society / Re: Frontier plinking
« Last post by LongWalker on Yesterday at 09:47:36 PM »
From the stuff I've read, and the old folks I talked with when they were still around, much of the "plinking" involved either some friendly (or not-so-friendly) wagering, or pest control (which also involved some wagers at times).  Bottles, cans, cards, blocks of wood, bottlecaps (when they came along), cobs of corn, and even eggs.

As for pest control, the typical targets (at least on the plains) included jackrabbits, coyotes, foxes, crows, etc.  Starlings weren't as much of a problem then as they weren't introduced to the US until sometime in the 1870s, but over time they have become a serious pest (and frequent target). 


An informal match that involved members of the Army and North's Pawnee Scouts had them shooting at cards stuck in a cleft stick (maybe 25 yards--one guy said his grandfather told him he could see the suits), and shooting jackrabbits.  The Pawnee were running the jackrabbits on horseback and using a pistol, the soldiers shot using a rifle (not a musket) that someone had.  I'm still trying to find documentation of this event, all I have are old stories.  It probably happened sometime around 1864.

One of my great-greats was a blacksmith, market gunner, and (apparently) a betting man.  I heard stories from a number of old-timers about various informal competitions, often involving shots at pests or game.  He had a 22LR volley-gun that figured in a number of his winning shots. 

1880s, Nebraska Sandhills.  Cowboys running coyotes from horseback, shooting pistols.  From the sounds of it, the winner got the most coyotes (ties broken by the fewest shots).  There were similar informal competitions on wagon trips to/from town, shooting birds with shotguns/coyotes or jackrabbits with pistols or rifles. 

1890s, Nebraska Sandhills again.  Informal match one evening during an open-range roundup shooting sunflowers using "Winchesters".  Reading between the lines on this one, it sounds like a few hands from one of the ranches were thinking they could bluff a hand from one of the smaller (family) ranches.  At the end, they understood him to be a fine shot--and their rifles were empty. 

New Year's Day 1903, somewhere probably near Ogallala Nebraska.  A bunch of Spanish-American War vets were plinking at cobs of corn standing in the snow (when you hit them square, they explode--and the chickens do cleanup).  Range was probably 20-30 yards (I don't have documentation on this one, just a photo I saw in a family accumulation). 

One ranch I worked on when I was a kid had a layer of broken glass in front of a dirt bank.  The glass layer was probably 20' long, and maybe 18" deep at the deepest. 
Tall Tales / Re: Coffee and Tea hotter than a June Bride
« Last post by The Trinity Kid on Yesterday at 09:38:33 PM »
Greetings all.

Currently 82 degrees at 0530 for my day off work. It’s not half bad, if you discount the exhaust from the burn pits and incinerator settling over the base ::)

The last time I got called for jury duty was 2019. It was for a trial in Trinity County, CA, when I was a resident of Yellowstone county, MT. It was also a case where I’d had to provide a statement to the DA already as a member of the arresting party. I knew the guy on the other end of the phone when I called, and we both had a good laugh over the circumstance. I haven’t been called for jury duty since, in any county.  (In case you’re wondering, the trial was for a guy who killed his buddy while out on a hiking trip for taking the last tab of lsd. Other substances were also involved).

Frontier Iron / Re: Forehand & Wadsworth Single Action 44
« Last post by DJ on Yesterday at 09:25:48 PM »
Here are e hammer, hand, and spring as they lie together and spread out.  The shorter leg of the spring pushes against the back of the hand, and the upper part pushes against a little boss or peg in the frame.  It seems a little flimsy, but it is pretty well protected inside the frame, and so as long as it didn't corrode it should keep working.  Still, it does seem awfully thin--I guess it could be a replacement, but never having been inside another one, I just don't know.  Also not sure about the pin that the hand pivots on--seems it should be longer and at least the length of the hole in the hand, but can't tell if it's damaged, replaced, or just the way it left the factory.
Lee Shaver also does excellent work.  I have discussed relining an 1873 carbine with him, and he says it's no problem.  He's also a really nice person to work with.
USFA CSS / Re: A terrific looking USFA.
« Last post by Blackpowder Burn on Yesterday at 09:09:54 PM »
Well, I remember the USFA website stating that their SAA's were built to original Colt blueprints - with the sole exception that the cylinder was 0.020" larger diameter for a little added strength.  And parts were interchangeable with Colt.  I haven't had to do any repairs on my 4 USFA single actions, so I don't know about that.  What I do know is that the limited number of Lightning rifles were exact copies of the Colt Lightnings.  I have a USFA Lightning.  Later I bought a Colt Lightning that was a wall-hanger, missing quite a few parts.  I bought the missing parts from USFA and they were drop-in for the Colt.  And now it is a shooter again!  ;D

I know prices escalated toward the end on USFA, but I bought 2 premiums (44 WCF) for $875 each, with Longhunter tuning included.  Both are beautiful guns and great shooters.  I later bought 2 Rodeo's (45 Colt), again tuned by Longhunter for $575 each.  All are hugely superior to the Uberti and Pietta's I own.  I regularly kick myself in the posterior for not buying a pair of 32-20's back then.

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