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American Civilian/Indian Rifles

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  • ebclemson
    Previously, there were some questions regarding American civilian use of rifles. Below is information from the Indian supertindents office, 1807-1812. The
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 31, 2003
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      Previously, there were some questions regarding American civilian use of rifles. Below is information from the Indian supertindents office, 1807-1812. The listings are for contractors to make or import (from England) rifles that will be sold at US Factorys (Government Indian Trading houses.) These rifles were also sold to civilians from time to time.

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      "Frederic Goetz 29 January 1807

      33 Rifles 32 to the lb
      33 Rifles 36 to the lb
      34 Rifles 40 to the lb

      25 of them to be 3 feet 9 inches in the barrel & 75 4 feet"
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      John Guest of Lancaster 18 Feb 1807

      16 Rifles 45 to the lb
      16 rifles 50 to the lb
      18 rifles 55 to the lb

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      "John Miller 29 January 1807

      Agreed with John Miller for forty Rifles to correspond with the pattern at Eleven dollars each, 32 balls to the pound.
      10 Rifles barrels 3 feet 9 inches, 20 rifles 3 feet 11 inches, 20 rifles 4 feet."

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      "Imported by John Teackle 4 April 1808

      100 NW guns, blue Barrel & brass mounted except the gard to be of Iron...

      25 to have brown barrels & brass mounted entire

      5/8 inch bore, 72 of them 4 feet barrel"

      ---------------------------------------- October 1811

      "Order for Henry Deringer Gunsmith Phila
      to make one hundred and seventy two rifles with moulds, charger, wiper & compleat - brass mounted and good double bridled locks - rifles deeply cut and whole well finished. viz.,

      12 highly finished rifles - silver beaded stars or eagles on the breach at 22.50 each

      whereof,

      3 3 ft & 6 In in the Barrel 50 to ..lb
      3 3 ft & 7 In in the Barrel 50 to ..lb
      3 3 ft & 6 In in the Barrel 60 to ..lb
      3 3 ft & 10 In in the Barrel 60 to .lb

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      The above rifles were shipped to US Factories such as Fort Dearborn, Fort Wayne, Fort Madison, Fort Osage, etc.
      These would also be the riles that the Indians used at such notable battles as the "Massacre of Fort Dearborn", the "Siege of Fort Wayne", the "Siege of Fort Madison", "Detroit", etc. etc.etc.

      Dave Bennett, 1st U.States INfy. & Missouri Rangers.
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