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Reply #45 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 12:36am
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Freund Bro's Wyoming Armory;
  
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Reply #46 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 6:07am
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"How many of us even own suits like that?"
And keep in mind, those are wool suits in an age well before  A/C .....
  
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Reply #47 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 7:05am
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40-82Hepburn wrote on Aug 22nd, 2018 at 6:07am:
And keep in mind, those are wool suits in an age well before  A/C .....


In Wyoming, pre-global-warming, I doubt that was a great handicap; Teddy Roosevelt, dressed up for winter on his ranch in the Dakotas, looked like the Michelin tire man.

Curious that all these gents appear to be holding muskets, not sporting rifles.
  
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Reply #48 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 7:50am
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"Curious that all these gents appear to be holding muskets, not sporting rifles."

Notice the sign under the boar's head. These men are obviously standing around, with muskets in hand, anxiously waiting for the Long Range rifles that they ordered to be finished.
  
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Reply #49 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 10:14am
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Also notice the exes on the hitching rail. That's where they sighted in. Cheyenne was a rough place and those were hard men in those days.
  
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Reply #50 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 10:33am
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oneatatime wrote on Aug 22nd, 2018 at 10:14am:
Also notice the exes on the hitching rail. That's where they sighted in. Cheyenne was a rough place and those were hard men in those days.


You got that wrong!  It's reserved parking, I recognized that signature! Grin
  

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Reply #51 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 11:15am
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Remember that long range rifles in that era were quite often military style muskets! In fact the Creedmoor and other long range matches had classes just for those rifles. So the sign offering long range rifles may well be represented by the guns those fellas are holding.
  

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Reply #52 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 11:49am
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Everybody talks about the Sharps rifles they worked up, but the sign shows a Winchester. Where are they all at? Rather like to see a Freund reworked M 1876 or something, wouldn't you?  Roll Eyes
  

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Reply #53 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 12:04pm
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Those gentleman would look out of place wearing baseball hats theirs have allot more charm by far.
  
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Reply #54 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 12:09pm
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calledflyer wrote on Aug 22nd, 2018 at 11:49am:
Everybody talks about the Sharps rifles they worked up, but the sign shows a Winchester. Where are they all at? Rather like to see a Freund reworked M 1876 or something, wouldn't you?  Roll Eyes


Especially if this photo was going to be used for promoting the shop.  Looks like a staged photo to me--not likely all those gents just happened to be loitering in front of the place when the photographer came along.
  
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Reply #55 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 12:51pm
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calledflyer wrote on Aug 22nd, 2018 at 11:49am:
Everybody talks about the Sharps rifles they worked up, but the sign shows a Winchester. Where are they all at? Rather like to see a Freund reworked M 1876 or something, wouldn't you?  Roll Eyes


Yes the Sharps seem to get the most attention with Freund guns. But I've seen a fair number of Rolling Blocks (both Remington and Whitney) from Freund's shop also. Fortunately that was an era when big shops like Freund's stamped their name on guns they sold. So not just the guns modified by Freund, but many other guns that went through their shop got marked.
It would seem that maybe there weren't many Winchesters going through Freund's shop, as I can't say I've seen one marked yet. And I did a search a few years ago on the internet for any Freund marked guns, and nothing came up in the way of a Winchester in that search either.
  

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Reply #56 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 1:42pm
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Really quite sad to see those Gun Shops now gone and even more so the smiths who worked on all the firearms as we now have none not a single one in a town with a population over 212,000.
  
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Reply #57 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 2:26pm
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JLouis wrote on Aug 22nd, 2018 at 1:42pm:
Really quite sad to see those Gun Shops now gone and even more so the smiths who worked on all the firearms as we now have none not a single one in a town with a population over 212,000.


It's sad, but if you remember as many gun-butchers as I do from the '50s, '60s & '70s operating small shops, often at their homes, the loss is maybe not as tragic as you think.  The first time I encountered one was while I was in Jr. High, when I took a High-Standard pistol my father had given me to one because the pin that releases the slide was stuck.  I looked on in horror as, holding the pistol between his knees, he held a punch on the pin with one hand & hit it with a hammer with the other; OF COURSE, as I could see was going to happen (but lacked the nerve to stop him), the punch glanced off leaving a deep gouge on the slide.  But he was a good guy--said he was sorry & didn't charge me for his butchery!

By the time I was in HS, I'd learned of a smith worthy of the name (Jim Clark!), but his shop was about 50 m away.
  
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Reply #58 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 4:33pm
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The loss of great gunsmith shops is common all over the USA! And it was caused by people who weren't willing to pay a livable wage for the quality work these good gunsmiths did. Sad, but it's really the main reason they're gone.

I also recall going to a local "gunsmith" to simply have a barrel spun off. I didn't have the tools then, and his work spurred me to get the things I needed to do it myself.
I walked into the shop and was greeted by a caged divider between me and the owner. Odd, but I told him what I wanted and he said he'd do it while I waited. He then put the barrel in his barrel vise and turned around to an oxy-acetylene torch set and began to fire it up with a huge heating tip!
I asked what he planned to do and he told me he was going to heat the action to allow it to spin off easily. I told him he certainly wasn't going to heat my action, and especially with that big old tip! He continued to fire up the torch and I screamed something about what I would do if he touched my action with it. He finally turned the torches off and gave me my barreled action back.
I went home and ordered my barrel vise and an action wrench, and it came off like butter. No heat needed, and I never regretted spending the small amount for the tools to do it myself.
  

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Reply #59 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 7:00pm
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Interior photo of Freund Bro's Cheyenne, Wyoming;
  
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