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Texas / Re: Bammbalooza 21’
« Last post by Dusty Boddams on August 24, 2021, 08:20:41 PM »
The first of its kind!
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Texas / Bammbalooza 21’
« Last post by Dusty Boddams on August 24, 2021, 05:06:40 PM »
All side events. No overall. Shoot as many or as few as you want.
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Texas / Re: Would it be okay?
« Last post by Abilene on August 18, 2021, 08:09:34 PM »
Well, we aren't exactly inundated with posts about Texas here.   :)
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Texas / Would it be okay?
« Last post by DeaconKC on August 18, 2021, 04:47:44 PM »
To list events and clubs from Arkansas too?
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Specific serial number records for Canadian military longarms are extremely sparse, and I am unaware of any for the Spencers.

Another interesting tidbit from Edgecombe: although 100 Spencer carbines were shipped to Fort Garry, only 93 were received ... seven of them apparently having been stolen en route!

He also references a record that, as of 1 April 1874, Fort Garry Stores still held all 250 Peabody rifles, but only one Spencer carbine.
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I looked at my copy of DEFENDING THE DOMINION, Canadian Military Rifles 1855-1955, David W. Edgecombe, service Publications, 2002. very interesting, but I cannot find any serial numbers for arms other than material transferred back to stores from the NWMP. (NO Spencers)
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Wow! Thanks so much for the background, and the photos. I got a real shiver from the pics.
As to your one point ... "In October of 1870, 100 Spencer carbines (along with 250 Peabody rifles) were shipped by the Dominion Militia Department to the Fort Garry Stores for service in "the North West Territories" (i.e what became Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.) Apparently, it was from these Stores that Spencer carbines were issued to the thirty Métis men hired as armed escort and scouts for the British contingent of the Boundary Commission surveying and marking the 49th Parallel west to the Continental Divide in 1872 and 1873.  These men were permitted to retain their carbines following their service."

Are you aware whether the serial numbers from the carbines shipped for service in the "North West Territories" were ever recorded?
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As a follow-up , here is a detail cropped from the Boundary Commission Scouts group image -




Studio portrait of a Rifleman of the QOR with his Spencer rifle, with one of the Canadian-purchase Model 1865 rifles shown on the right -




I would love to have an original Spencer, especially one as gorgeous as yours appears to be, but have settled for a modern reproduction -

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Dan, this is a repeat of the response I posted in the Spencer forum here ...

As a Model 1865 Spencer located in Canada, there is a more than passing chance this carbine might be one of the Spencers acquired for militia service by the United Province of Upper & Lower Canada (i.e. pre-Confederation Canada), along with other metallic-cartridge breechloaders, in response to the Fenian Raids of 1866-70.

In 1866, the Province of Canada bought 1,300 M'1865 Spencer carbines, while the British War Department bought 1,000 M'1865 Spencer carbines and 2,000 M'1865 Spencer rifles, which were loaned (and eventually transferred outright) to Canada.(Other breechloading acquisitions were 3,000 Peabody rifles and 1,000 Starr carbines, both of which were single-shot.

A Company of the Queen's Own Rifles of Toronto, armed with Spencer rifles and carbines -


In October of 1870, 100 Spencer carbines (along with 250 Peabody rifles) were shipped by the Dominion Militia Department to the Fort Garry Stores for service in "the North West Territories" (i.e what became Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.) Apparently, it was from these Stores that Spencer carbines were issued to the thirty Métis men hired as armed escort and scouts for the British contingent of the Boundary Commission surveying and marking the 49th Parallel west to the Continental Divide in 1872 and 1873.  These men were permitted to retain their carbines following their service.
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Chinook Country / Re: "Big John" Kirkup,(1855-1916) Legendary Rossland Lawman
« Last post by Abilene on July 19, 2021, 11:49:24 PM »
At 300 lbs, gotta feel a little sympathy for his horse.  :)
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