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Muley Gil SASS # 57795

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  1. I THINK the Pedersoli is the upgraded version of the TTN 1878 Colt.
  2. When Harry Houdini was on the vaudeville circuit, he met a young couple and their boy child. Harry said, "Now that is a real buster!" and that's how Buster Keaton got his nickname.
  3. In the movie "Deliverance", did anyone else notice that the mountain boy played the banjo clawhammer style, while the music that was playing was three finger Scruggs style?
  4. That is true too. There were times when all of the Marine airplanes were out of commission and the aviators formed up and reported to the commander to function as riflemen. The Marine Corps is the only branch of the armed forces that sends all of their newly commissioned officer to school (AKA The Basic School) to learn how to be platoon leaders before going on to their branch training.
  5. Us jarheads come in all flavors-infantry, artillery, aviation; you name it, we got it. The only exceptions are medical and chaplains-we borrow those from the Navy.
  6. What was that line about artillery being the King of Battle and infantry being the Queen?
  7. I agree. Any march by Sousa...and played by the Marine Band. I went to a Marine Band concert in Birmingham AL back in the '80s. The director at that time was a colonel from Louisiana. He did a heck of a good job on Dixie.
  8. I was a freshman at Auburn in 1972, when that Iron Bowl was played in Birmingham. Somebody painted the score, 17-16, on the side of the bank. It stayed there for years. That was the first time I helped roll Toomer's Corner. About 2/3 of my Alabama kinfolk are Alabama fans. I went to visit my great uncle Clay in Montgomery AL. When we got to talking about the game, he sniffed and said the officials didn't get the score correct. He said it was Alabama 16, Auburn 3 and Santa Claus 14! I just grinned and told him Auburn was glad to accept an early Christmas present. I went to a family reunion that year and was introduced to numerous kinfolk that I had never met. (Before going to Auburn, I had lived about 900 miles away from Alabama.) My mom's 1st cousin introduced me to a 40 some year old gentleman, who was one of my many cousins. He looked at me and said, "You're Uncle Clifford's grandson, right?" I answered, "Yes Sir." He said, "I hear you're going to Auburn." I answered, "Yes, I am." He replied, " Why didn't you go a few miles father west and go to a GOOD school?" I then answered, "Sir, I didn't want to go to Old Miss.:" He looked at me for a second, turned and walked away. He never spoke to me again and that was over 40 years ago. Yes, Auburn and Alabama fans are REAL passionate about their schools.
  9. I agree. Go here to register and ask away. https://www.n-ssa.net/vbforum/forum.php?
  10. It doesn't come in houndstooth?
  11. Agree. Officers wear a hat cord and chin strap. Enlisted personnel use the leather strap as shown. The Marine Corps officer's field hat uses a scarlet and gold hat cord with acorns. I believe the Army uses a branch colored cord-blue for infantry, red for artillery, yellow for cavalry, etc.
  12. Is your 1851 .44 a steel frame revolver? I believe all of the conversion cylinders state that they are not to be used on a brass frame revolver.
  13. Back in my cop days, every few years or so, a part time, off duty job would come up that paid pretty good. It was guarding railroad crossings while the cross ties were replaced. Old spikes were scraped, but the tie plates were reused. They had machines that would raise the rails so that new ties could be set in place and a machine that would hammer the new spikes into place. But they still had spike hammers and a gauge so that the rails would be set 4 foot, eight and one half inches apart.
  14. I hate to be a wet blanket, but that one looks like a Kyber Pass Special from Afghanistan. The bolster, where the nipple, or cone, screws in doesn't look right to me. Also, the hammer looks like it was modified for a Snyder conversion. I spent three years in Afghanistan and never did find a 1853 pattern Enfield that was all correct. I have shot in the North-South Skirmish Association off and on since 1970 and have looked at and fired a number of original Enfields. The Afghans were good about taking pieces of original guns and mating them with home grown parts. Parts of your rifle musket look correct, but others don't. Please err on the side of safety.
  15. The .357 Old Model .357 is a medium sized frame, while the .30 Carbine is built on the large .44 frame.
  16. One Lowes is 17 miles away. The second one is 26 miles away. The closest Home Depot is 80+ miles away. The both Lowes have good employees. Most times, if you ask about a product, the employee will take you directly to it. Signing up for my military discount was easy. All they have to do in put in my phone number at check-out.
  17. Oh, you mean the .45 TOO Long Colt.
  18. Gil is my first name and I have mules and donkeys. Plus, there is a tiny, tiny chance that I may have been a wee bit stubborn once or twice in my life.
  19. "In 1917 Smith & Wesson redesigned their large caliber 44 frame revolver to take 45 ACP ammunition. This gun became the Model 1917 Smith & Wesson revolver. 20 years later they brought this gun back, made a small run of them, and sold them to Brazil. This is the Model 1937 Brazilian. On another board someone is saying how he had needed a 1917 revolver, and now had found a 1917 Brazilian at an auction site and bought it, and he is just so happy. Many people responded to his post telling about how happy they were with their 1917 Brazilians. There is no such thing as a 1917 Brazilian. It is a 1937 Brazilian. And calling it a 1917 Brazilian annoys the living hell out of me." This is incorrect. When S&W's contract with the US Army was cancelled, the company continued to build 1917 revolvers, up until 1946. In 1937, the Brazilian government placed an order for 25,000 1917 revolvers. These 1917s received a Brazilian crest on the side plate, with "1937" stamped below the crest. Delivery was made in 1938. The Brazilian 1917s had serial numbers within the regular 1917 production SNs. These revolvers were made on new commercial frames, with square notch rear sights, unlike the "dimple" rear sight that was used on the WW I made 1917s. Post WW II, S&W found a number of WW I vintage 1917 frames and completed them and sold them to the Brazilians in 1946. I have a commercial 1917 that was probably built in the early 1930s, but wasn't shipped until 1936, a good 5-6 years later than others that were in the same SN range. The information about the 1917 can be found in The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson written by Jim Supica and Rick Nahas.
  20. The number stamped on the frame behind the yoke is an assembly number, which means nothing once the gun leaves Springfield, Mass. I need a few more digits to narrow down the production date. D123xxx would have been built in 1969-1970.
  21. I like rolling blocks.
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