Re: [civilwarwest] The Colt
- 17 pounds? Wow, bigger than a Garand. How about 7 pounds?Jack----- Original Message -----From: Michael McKinnonSent: Monday, October 03, 2005 11:23 PMSubject: Re: [civilwarwest] The ColtIIRC (and sometimes I don't :-) ), the Sharps rifle was used. This was also a single shot, breech loaded, lever action rifle.Michael
There was a single shot lever action rifle, but I do not believe it came into play until after the CW. I'll check on this with J. Bilby who just has finished his book on CW lever action weapons.
The Ballard was a single shot lever action .44 cal. carbine. (some carbine... the thing weighed 17 lbs.) It came into use in 1864 when the state of Kentucky purchased 4600 of 'em for the 13th and 45th Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry.
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- --- John O'Connor <hvonbork@...> wrote:
> 17 pounds? Wow, bigger than a Garand. How about 7The original Ballards rifle was very heavy. 17 pounds
might be high but it is very close for what was
considered a Buffalo rifle. They were single shot
with rimfire cartriges. It is very hard to find an
original CW era Ballard. After the company went broke
production was taken over by someone else and they
were much lighter. The 1870 era Ballard still weighed
over 10 lbs.
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- 17 pounds? Wow, bigger than a Garand. How about 7 pounds?
I'll buy that........ not the first time I found questionable info in "Time-Life"...