Original Buffalo Rifles On Display In Museum

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Original Buffalo Rifles On Display In Museum

Post by Kirk Stovall » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:02 pm

The local museum in Bozeman has built a display around Walter Cooper and some of his contributions to the founding and building of Bozeman, Montana Territory. The museum graciously designed the display with some of the items I have collected over the years, significant to Bozeman and it's earlier years. In the lobby area, in front of the display is the cannon that has seen lots of action throughout the state of Montana, eventually being brought back to Bozeman by Cooper, from the field where it had been left abandoned near Fort Smith.

I have a few original Sharps rifles that were used in the 1870's to kill buffalo in Montana. They were all shipped to Walter Cooper in Bozeman, Montana Territory in the 1870s. They all have Montana Provenance and one even has double that. The top rifle was shipped to Walter Cooper through J.G. Dow, then ended up in Miles City and was converted to 40-90 Bottleneck and stamped by A. D. McAusland, another frontier gunsmith in Montana Territory.

The 2 lower guns were actually shipped from Sharps rifle Manufacturing in the same shipment in August 1877. Although they aren't consecutive serial numbers, they are logged into the ledger consecutively. Together again after 141 years...

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Re: Original Buffalo Rifles On Display In Museum

Post by whoop-up country » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:34 pm

Nice Display Kirk. :D
Is that the museum that is in the old jail next to the courthouse?
It looks like it to me. I remember the log cabin in the museum.
By the way, you may want to have then take the sharps carbine at the bottom of the display off of full cock.
The old spring might not appreciate being left that way for a long time. :shock:

Bob.

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Re: Original Buffalo Rifles On Display In Museum

Post by Kirk Stovall » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:54 pm

Yes, that’s the old Gallatin County jail. I spent a night in there back during my mis-spent youth.

That Sharps has a robust mainspring that will outlast me and a few after me...
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Re: Original Buffalo Rifles On Display In Museum

Post by Kirk Stovall » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:06 am

140 years later and still killing stuff...

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Re: Original Buffalo Rifles On Display In Museum

Post by Jim Kidwell » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:38 am

I'm not going to say one word...... :roll: :lol:
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Re: Original Buffalo Rifles On Display In Museum

Post by Kurt » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:18 am

Nope me neither :lol:
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Re: Original Buffalo Rifles On Display In Museum

Post by Tom Trevor » Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:05 pm

Beyond wonderful.

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Re: Original Buffalo Rifles On Display In Museum

Post by Lumpy Grits » Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:33 pm

Thank you Kirk for the great pictures, and the history involved :!:
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Re: Original Buffalo Rifles On Display In Museum

Post by Kirk Stovall » Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:09 pm

Jim Kidwell wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:38 am
I'm not going to say one word...... :roll: :lol:
The rifle you idiot, how stinking stupid can one guy be? Geeez...
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Re: Original Buffalo Rifles On Display In Museum

Post by Smoke Wagon » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:20 pm

I knew this was going to be good even before I opened it.

Thanks.

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