Some Old Trooper/Cowboy had too much time?

baboon

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I am very familiar of the area from Galena to LaSalle (Starved Rock) It is really not flatland Illinois. Some great deer hunting too. It's too bad that just one of you guys were to come here and see this junk first hand. Almost obscene... lol
I vowed to never step foot in Illinois after my dad died. One of my great nieces asked when I'd be back I I told her not even for your grandmothers funeral.

John do you remember an estate that had armor on the grounds? The former estate owner was a col. or general in WWII. Funny how ones mind can bring up shit from 50 years ago but forget to turn off the light that you just reminded yourself to turn off when you come in!
 

glenbo

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That is a beautiful work of art. Thank you for showing us pieces of your collection. This one especially trips my trigger.
 

Mad John

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Beautiful rifle sir!
I’ll be going to Indy in a few weeks, going up to pick up some old guns.
if you’re anywhere between Cairo and Effingham, hit me up, I’ll buy you lunch.
Hey!
That would be wonderful but I am way out of range for that. I am stuck in the ANTIFA combat zone Between Chicago and Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan. You do not want to come here believe me! MS13 has a strong presence here too. The funny thing is THEY think I am "muy loco" and give me chest pump respect.
It IS a weird world.
I do not travel well with health issues and a bad ticker.
Thanks for the offer!
John
 

Big Dipper

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I vowed to never step foot in Illinois after my dad died. One of my great nieces asked when I'd be back I I told her not even for your grandmothers funeral.

John do you remember an estate that had armor on the grounds? The former estate owner was a col. or general in WWII. Funny how ones mind can bring up shit from 50 years ago but forget to turn off the light that you just reminded yourself to turn off when you come in!
Except for the WWII reference this sounds like Cantigny Park.

 

Mad John

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That's the place! It's been at least 50 years since I was there so I guess getting the world war wrong is nothing but a senior moment!
Yes. I am quite familiar with it. The Democraps keep it pretty closed up now. It is about 20 minutes from where I live.
Stay out of Illinois! Now known as "The People's Republic of Pritzker'
 

Coyote9

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I bought this thing a good number of years ago because it is weird, alot like me.
Actually I bought it partly because no one wanted it and at the time it's only saving grace was the pistol-grip attachment on it. A RARE and expensive part to find especially an original one.
This rifle began it's life as an early 1875 or before Model 1873 Springfield Rifle. It came from an estate farm auction near Galena, Illinois. (The Home of US Grant) I have to assume it belonged to a former Soldier (Trooper) from Texas. Because of the Star carved on the stock. This guy had alot of time on his hands and was really creative in repurposing this Trapdoor Rifle. Obviously he was right handed by the way that only the left side of the forestock is very finely checkered where the left hand would grip it. The right side of the wrist is checkered. The rear swept hammer spur is neat too. The carved and checkered riser block of Walnut for the rear sight. The shortened barrel and full length shortened stock and making a barrel band into a front sight. Then to attach an Officers Model Carbine cast steel pistol grip attachment was surprising. The rawhide Cartridge holder fitted and brass tacked to the buttstock was genius. The sights are dead on at 100 yards. That original pistol grip attachment is worth hundreds! I believe I got it for my opening bid of $50.00. Then I took the lock off! And cleaned it!!!
Who knows, lots of antiques and furniture at that auction too. View attachment 261787 View attachment 261788 View attachment 261789 View attachment 261790 View attachment 261791 View attachment 261798
A beautiful work of Americana Art.. thanks for posting
 

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