I read the term "needle gun" all of the time, and finally discovered that it was an early term used for the Trapdoor Springfield Rifle. They long firing pin was called the needle.
Then I read that all rifles, fired by the use of a firing pin were also called needle guns. Someone described the rifle that Buckshot Roberts used to kill poor Richard Brewer as a needle gun. It was one of those fancy officer's model Trapdoor…Continue
Posted on August 18, 2010 at 2:50pm — 5 Comments
Jim Bradshaw the wonderful archivist at the Haley Memorial Library in Midland, allowed me to buy a copy of the original of this picture. Here you see a detail. The original was owned by John E. Robert. He is the elder of the two boys you see here. His handwriting is on the reverse, along with that… Continue
Posted on August 14, 2010 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments
This was one of the first pictures that I found. It is very small, just over two inches high. It is also very clear and in excellent condition. No paper frame, however. I recognized the Patron's immediately, yet some question it...seems strange to…Continue
Posted on August 14, 2010 at 10:30am — 8 Comments
Posted on August 12, 2010 at 10:20pm — 3 Comments