Thread: 1800's .44's
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Old August 3, 2012, 01:43 PM   #11
Mike Irwin
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"State militias were outfitted by the states"

Yep, and in 1892/93 or so the Federal Government had de-accessioned hundreds of thousands of Trapdoor Springfields, Colt (and apparently some S&W) revolvers, and millions of rounds of ammunition for distribution to the State Militas.

That had apparently been done in a fairly expedient manner.
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