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Burnside rifle
Feb 17th, 2018 at 5:02pm
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I thought I would share pictures of this old gun with those interested. I will be turning 60 this year and this rifle has been in the family as long as I can remember. My father (not a gun person) had them (also a Smith) in big frames in the basement "play room" hanging on the wall. I can still remember carefully unscrewing the little pipe clamp that held up the barrel and taking them down to play with. I know my dad got them from my Grandfather and he worked as a warehouse guy for Mayflower and was always bringing us things He "found" or was "unclaimed". The rifles were most likely surplus from Bannermann's. I am just amazed at the craftsmanship and machining that could be done in 1856 to 1865 when this fifth model came out. Without electricity!
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