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Old July 24, 2013, 07:26 PM   #1
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Excavated Rifle

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A few years ago we excavated (3-ft deep) this old (I believe Henry) rifle in Elko, NV.The only old fort was in Halleck about 20 miles away. The gun is trashed, but I can't help but wonder about it's history. It is clearly marked
"E M co 12". Any history buffs?
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Old July 24, 2013, 07:42 PM   #2
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That one was used to shoot at "Injuns" sneaking around the corner.

Seriously, the bronze receiver indicates it is, or rather was, a Henry, that might have been used as a pry bar in an emergency. The "E.M. Co." could stand for "Elko Mining Co." but someone would have to "dig" into the history of the area to be sure.

Company guns like that (they are fairly common in the PA coal country as well), were often bought used or as military surplus, rather than new, so there might be other markings as well.

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Old July 24, 2013, 08:34 PM   #3
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I seem to remember mines all around the Elko area, so you could be right. It would really be interesting to hear the history of it.
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Old July 30, 2013, 06:17 PM   #4
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Even in that condition you would probably be surprised at what it would sell for. Don't give it away in any event, and get some documentation to back up where it was found and when. Also, I wouldn't try cleaning it up any further.
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Old July 30, 2013, 08:29 PM   #5
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"Dug" guns do have some value, especially Civil War relics if they can be documented to a battle site. But forget about the "fix it up like new and sell it" idea. While some folks have put in a lot of work trying to "restore" dug guns, but I have never seen one that would not have been more valuable as it was, as a relic.

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