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Muley Gil SASS # 57795

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  1. Robert E Lee was at the War Department when word of John Brown's raid on the Harpers Ferry, Virginia armory reached Washington, DC. James Ewell Brown Stuart (JEB) was also there discussing a patent (IIRC). Colonel Lee was ordered to Harpers Ferry to quell the insurrection. Lt Stuart volunteered to be Lee's aide. The only Federal troops available were the Marines stationed at the Navy Yard or at HQ USMC, located at 8th & I. (I have found conflicting sources on where the Marines were stationed.) Lieutenant Israel Greene USMC commanded the Marine detachment. Since JEB Stuart had encountered John Brown while JEB was stationed in Kansas, he was selected to approach the building holding Brown, his followers and the hostages. Interesting tidbits: one of the hostages was kin to George Washington and Lieutenant Greene joined the Confederate States Marine Corps when the War of Northern Aggression started.
  2. I went to Auburn University from 1972-1977. Moved to Jefferson County in 1978 and spent most of the time in Hueytown.
  3. Bat's letter to Colt. Here tis: During the course of his career as a lawman and gambler, Bat ordered a total of eight single-action revolvers from Colt’s. The most notable was an order made from Dodge City and written on Opera House Saloon stationary in July 1885 which stated: Gents Please send Me one of your nickel plated short .45 calibre revolvers. It is for my own use and for that reason I would like to have a little Extra pains taken with it. I am willing to pay Extra for Extra work. Make it very Easy on the trigger and have the front Sight a little higher and thicker than the ordinary pistol of this Kind. Put on a gutta percha handle and send it as soon as possible, have the barrel about the same length that the ejector rod is. Truly Yours W B Masterson P.S. Duplicate the above order by sending 2 https://www.tactical-life.com/firearms/bat-mastersons-colt-saa/
  4. Numrich Arms has a .45 12" barrel for a Colt Single Action Army for $76.00. I'm sure it could be re-threaded if necessary. You might contact Alan Harton in Houston TX. He fitted a Colt New Frontier barrel to an Old Model Ruger Blackhawk for me years ago.
  5. If you don't sell the whole shebang, I'd be interested in the bullets.
  6. I read the thread about the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and I have similar feelings. I have Scottish ancestors too and I always get a thrill down my spine when the pipes are played. But, my heart is stuck here in the New World. I was born in Virginia and have ancestors who came to Virginia from Wales in the 17th century. I spent most of my childhood living in Maryland. My great grandmother was a Stewart whose family was kicked out of England in the 1600s. My favorite road trip growing up was when we would go drive the Skyline Drive in Virginia. That's when I first felt my love for the Blue Ridge mountains. After a short, 29 year delay living in Alabama :D, I was able to move to Southwest Virginia. I was blessed to find a piece of land with pasture, spring branches (small streams for you flatlanders) and a bold creek through the bottom land. Here I hope to live out my remaining years. This song sums up how I feel: https://www.bluegrassnet.com/lyrics/blue-ridge-cabin-home#.Xc9Nm25Fy70
  7. "...but I've had good luck using new kitty litter as a filler. " I'm glad you specified new. Some folks don't like the smell of black powder when it is fired. Imagine what they would thing if you loaded USED cat litter as a filter.
  8. The upper shotgun is referred to as a "trench gun" and the lower one is considered a "riot gun."
  9. This feller lives in my county and not only can build guitars, he can also play the heck out of one. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Henderson_(luthier) Check him out on youtube also: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=wayne+henderson+guitar
  10. Make sure and measure the length of the cylinders you want to buy. At one time, Ruger made their cylinders in different lengths so that one could not stick a .44 Magnum in a .357 revolver. That mite git a bit exciting at the range.
  11. That's what I was afraid of. That's why I asked how he measured it.
  12. I'm fond of hearing good clawhammer banjo music.
  13. I carry an automatic Benchmade that cost about $150 back in 2004 and that was with a dealer discount. I was at a country quick mart one evening when a feller walked in and stated that needed a new headlight for his pick-up and he was happy about it. It seems he was driving home and hit a 4 point buck. All it did was bust his headlight. He said that was the cheapest deer he had ever killed.
  14. The ones that I am familiar with do use CHARLIE. I worked with a cop that was prone to make up his own phonetic alphabet. One night, he called in a registration request on L(onely) V(al) V(ictor 1234. Not only did he use the wrong alphabet, he used two different names for the same letter. Our LT was ALWAYS on his butt! This same officer used to come up with all sorts of sh., er, stuff. One night he was on a call & needed a second unit. He gets on the radio and sez, "Headquarters, roll me a black and white." Our patrol cars were solid white with decals. The LT was in the office and got on the radio and said, "A black and white WHAT?" Another unit wanted to know if this officer wanted me and my partner to respond; I am white and my partner was an African-American. I think he watched too much Adam 12 growing up.
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