29 April 2020

I-Did-Not-Know-That

In the 1890's the Army was actively shortening all of the M1873 Single Action Army revolvers from 7-1/2" barrels to the "artillery" length of 5-1/2".

They were also selling them off as surplus by the case lot.

I had always supposed the longer barrel Cavalry Model and the shorter Artillery Model were both issued at the same time from 1873.

Artillery is actually "altered model".

Sidearms for the 77th Cavalry is going to be a potpourri of choices.

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