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Any of us who have been chasing old guns for any length of time have encountered some odd, eerie or even scary experiences. I’d like to contribute one of my own with the hope that some of you might submit some of yours to share with our readership in future issues.
YOU MIGHT WELL HAVE JUST WALKED BY THIS RATHER INNOCUOUS LOOKING BOX AT AN ANTIQUE SHOW. I ALMOST DID UNTIL CURIOSITY GOT THE BETTER OF ME. WHEN I OPENED IT I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE A COMPLEMENT OF GAMBLERS TOOLS. THE DEALER SAID “LIFT OUT THE TRAY, YOU’LL BE SURPRISED”. NEEDLESS I WAS MORE THAN SURPRISED WHEN I SAW A NICE COLT POCKET MODEL WITH FULL ACCESSORIES. PUSHING A HIDDEN BUTTON CAUSED A DRAWER TO POP OUT WITH EVEN MORE GOODIES. CURIOSITY SOMETIMES PAYS OFF!
The boyish-looking soldier in this image is armed with a carbine that is rarely seen in Civil War photos, a Colt Revolving Carbine. The back of the photo has the notation, “Grandfather William C. Strawn.” Only one William C. Strawn was found in service records of Union soldiers, Private William C. Strawn of “I” Company, 1st Missouri Cavalry. Significantly, the regimental and company records of the 1st Missouri show Private Strawn was, in fact, issued a Colt Revolving Carbine. His carbine was...
There is an old saying that goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” When studying the U.S. 1812 Standard Pattern Flintlock Muskets assembled at Springfield Armory during the period of late 1814 through early 18181 , it appears as though that particular National Armory took the saying literally. The March/April 1982 issue of Man at Arms magazine featured an article titled “The Failure of the 1812 Musket Pattern” by Art Nehrbass, a very experienced collector and author.
This writer and collector of both armed images as well as antique firearms has always been intrigued with armed images showing people with their firearms when the individual was alive. This snapshot in time of a man (or woman) holding their firearm is not common. Certainly, individuals of the day had firearms, but rarely did they want their photograph made holding them. Guns of the day were a tool and, like images of people with tools, images showing firearms are very uncommon. It is much...
I was recently able to obtain a fine English marked E. H. Collier Flintlock revolver after desiring one for years. The inclusion of a Collier Flintlock revolver from the late 1810s, is, I believe, important. Other collectors would agree that it was, after all, this Collier gun that inspired Samuel Colt to patent his first revolver. There were many other patentees and makers of revolving percussion arms that we collect today that are a result of Colt’s 1836 patent, and which evolved into the...