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Old April 11, 2011, 12:18 PM   #5
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OLD MARKSMAN, I had to assume the same thing as you. With as many reports as I have read about "needle guns" in the west, I couldnt imagine a European needle gun making it to our shores in an real quantity. The fact the guns sold to the indians had catridges doesnt help much as even Revelutionary ammo was loaded and listed as cartridges. The fact those mentioned in the present book are 50 caliber got me to thinking either Springfield model 1868-1870 or Sharps model 1863-68's. However this book is written in 1878 not 1876 as I miswrote in first post. This time frame makes me wonder if these above models were already on the surplus market by then. Also it puzzles me how they got the needle name. Do you have any references?
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