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American dragoons, darlings of fate: a duel between the new and the old

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Colt revolvers in action. Painting by John Wade Hampton


You, lost and despicable, you, strangers in the land of fathers,
You, scattered around the world at random,
Song sent by a British gentleman, sample from samples
And a simple soldier of Her Majesty.
Yes, a dragoon in the service of a bitter one, even though he rode his six,
But in vain, friend, he burned his life,
After all, the connection of times broke up, only he said goodbye to the money,
And - put the talkers in the ranks!
R. Kipling. Gentleman in Dragoons


Military affairs at the turn of the eras. Last time we stopped at the fact that the US cavalry was canceled. But in 1833, Congress nevertheless decided to create it, since the mounted rangers could not cope with their duties. The regiment was created in 1834, and the horses in it were selected for the company by color: bay, black, piebald. But they didn’t take whites and bulls at all - they were very noticeable. This was due to the fact that in 1821 Mexico gained freedom from Spanish rule, which opened the way for American trade in New Mexico. Caravans of merchants began to cross the lands controlled by the Comanche tribe, and this quickly led to war with them. And so to protect the trade route in Santa Fe and El Paso, the American government formed the US Dragoon Regiment in 1833. It consisted of ten companies, from A to J, and about 750 dragoons. Each was armed with a carbine, two pistols and a heavy cavalry saber. In 1836, a second regiment was formed to fight the Seminole Indians in Florida. And the first regiment became the 1st, and the second - the 2nd, although they differed only in standards and company badges.


American dragoons and horse-drawn arrows in marching uniform, 1833-1851: 1 - standard of horse-drawn riflemen, 2 - company badge of company "A" of the 1st Dragoon regiment, 3 - standard of the 2nd Dragoon regiment in 1837, 4 - officer , armed with a Colt Walker revolver, 5 - foot dragoon in Mexican gaiters to protect against cacti. Figure: L. and F. Funkenov. “Wars on the American continent. XVII-XIX centuries ", M .: Astrel / AST, 2003, p. 53

The best breed was considered to be a large (at the withers up to 160 cm) Morgan horse - strong and hardy. Then came standardbred and forebred, but these were worse. At first, the dragoons armed themselves in a very traditional way: a saber, two flintlock pistols М1819 and М1836, respectively, of North and Johnson, but in 1845 they were replaced by Aston's cap pistol, model 1842. But here the American dragoons were really lucky. The fact is that in one of the regiments Samuel Walker was the captain. He was a very adventurous man, he served in the Texas Rangers, fought the Mexicans in 1842, as well as the Cree and Comanche Indians, and once met with ... Samuel Colt, who by this time had created his famous Colt Paterson revolver ". Walker liked him very much, but he had a lot of comments that Colt took into account and which eventually turned into ... a completely new revolver, which Colt even named after him - "Witneville Walker", or simply "Colt Walker". Whitney of Whitneville was a subcontractor for Colt's revolvers, and his name "got a little lost" over time. So, it was Walker who put before the government the question of buying thousands of his revolvers from Colt at once, and at the very time when he was practically ruined, since no one was buying paterons at that time. Painfully expensive and unusual for people was this killer novelty of his. New weapons armed the third regiment, created in 1846, - a regiment of mounted riflemen, who were supposed to serve on the Mexican border.


"Texas Rangers" in a battle with the Mexicans. A rider falling from a horse is armed with two Colt Paterson revolvers. Figure: L. and F. Funkenov. “Wars on the American continent. XVII-XIX centuries ", M .: Astrel / AST, 2003, p. 57

By the way, it is interesting that after the end of the war with the Seminole in 1841, two companies of the 2nd Dragoon Regiment, stationed in Fort Jesup, Arkansas, for some reason were armed with pikes, but they were not used to such weapons, with difficulty adapting to it, therefore the experiment was canceled a year later. The following year the regiment was supposed to be disbanded, but a compromise was found in its transformation into an infantry rifle regiment. After much discussion, Congress returned the horse regiment, and in 1844 it again became the second US Dragoon regiment. Well, instead of infantry rifles, his riders were also given single-shot Hall carbines of the 1843 model and, a little later, Kolt revolvers. Prior to that, this carbine (which we have already talked about here) was tested from 1816 to 1819, and it became the first breech-loading weapon in the American army. Shooters and dragoons were issued carbines of models 1833, 1836, 1840, 1842 and 1843, and all this time they were continuously improved.

American dragoons, darlings of fate: a duel between the new and the old

The Colt Paterson revolvers were sold in the form of these sets. A real work of art, isn't it? The set included two more replaceable drums, as well as a powder flask-dispenser, which made it possible to fill up the gunpowder simultaneously in five drum chambers, a bullet, a capsule holder, a cleaning rod, a removable lever for charging the revolver chambers with a needle for cleaning the brand tubes, and a long replaceable barrel. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Then, from 1848 to 1860, Colt prepared three more models of "Harford Dragoons" revolvers (Harford is the name of the city where this model was produced), or simply "Dragoon model" revolvers.


Cheaper - "budget option" "Colt Paterson"

So it was the American dragoons who became the first military unit in the world to massively receive the Kolt revolvers and use them with considerable success, although not always. Walker himself, for example, just died, stabbed to death by the lance of a Mexican lancer in 1847, after his name "Colt Walker" ... refused.


Diagram of the Colt Paterson revolver. Pay attention to the combined tool developed by Colt specifically for this revolver: a ramrod lever, which was at the same time a key for removing the brand tubes, with a needle for cleaning the brand tubes from powder carbon deposits, and in addition served as a screwdriver. At the bottom left, its device and scheme of action

Here we digress a little from the topic of dragoons and pay attention to the fact that the first "Colts", like any new product, suffered from many "childhood diseases", and their introduction was accompanied not only by enthusiastic reviews, which are usually written about, but also by numerous complaints.


A feature of this revolver was a hidden trigger. From reclined only after cocking the hammer. By the way, it also had a revolver number on it!


The Colt Walker revolver was a heavy weapon. The weight without charges was 2100 g, and with six lead bullets and powder charges it was even greater. The total length is 400 mm. The barrel was 229 mm long and had seven left-handed rifling. The top frame was open. There are six chambers in the drum. Caliber .44 (11,18 mm). A charge of black powder with a mass of 3,9 g allowed the bullet to reach speeds of up to 330 m / s and gave it an energy of 702 J

To begin with, Colt himself, during the Seminole wars, did not rely at all on revolvers, but on his drum guns, hoping that the entire American army would be armed with them. And it so happened that the Seminoles, fighting the Americans, developed interesting tactics to counterbalance their superiority in weapons. They waited out the first salvo, after which they swiftly rushed into the attack on the Americans, trying to reach them before they had time to load their muzzle-loading rifles. And if they succeeded, the American infantrymen had a very hard time. But against the new 10-round primer gun, which had a hidden trigger and a ring for cocking it and turning the magazine in front of the trigger guard, such a tactic was no longer suitable. The Americans, having fired the first salvo, now waited for the Seminoles to rush into the attack, and ... fired the remaining nine rounds at them!


Complete set of the "Colt Walker" set. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

But right there, the first drawback of this Kolt gun appeared. The flame from the shot spread, knocked out from under the drum not only forward, but also backward, reflected from the frame and, if the capsules on the brand tubes were loosely put on or the capsule fell off some tube, set fire to charges in chambers not connected to the barrel. It is clear that at the same time the drum simply exploded, which led to the injury of the shooter. The same thing happened with the revolver, but there it was uncritical, since it was held in an outstretched hand, and the arm itself was covered from injury by its frame.


Patent diagram for Colt's 10-charge primer gun (top) and his very first .38 (9,65 mm) revolver in 1835

In the Colt Walker revolver model, over time, the charging lever was loosening (and this spontaneously fell out), which happened to lead to the fact that its rammer piston fell into the drum chamber, and the shooter could no longer turn it, and therefore shoot ...


Patent scheme for an improved dragoon model with an underbarrel lever lock 1859

Another problem for him was ... tapered bullets. It would seem that there could be something wrong here than a round one is better? But it turned out that many would-be shooters inserted bullets into the chambers backwards, that is, with the point back. And when fired, the slightest misalignment of the barrel and drum led to the fact that the revolver burst. It is known that about 200 revolvers were damaged in this way (!), And this despite the fact that of the ordered 1000 pieces, only half of the army entered service, and the rest remained in the warehouse until the very end of the Mexican-American war that broke out due to the annexation of Texas 1846-1846


Diagram of the Kolt carbine 1839

Before the outbreak of hostilities, US President James Polk dispatched General Taylor to lead the 2nd Dragoon Regiment and 3000 observer mission personnel to Texas. In response, on April 24, 1846, 1600 Mexican cavalrymen crossed the border at the Rio Grande and caught two companies of the 2nd Dragoon Regiment by surprise. Eleven Americans were killed and the remaining 52 captured. Taylor told the president that hostilities had begun and crossed the Mexican border. In Palo Alto, a brigade of 800 Mexican Lancers attempted to flank Taylor, but was defeated by an attack by two companies of the 2nd Dragoon Regiment and one company of Texas Rangers armed with Colt Walker revolvers. Mexican casualties were 257; Taylor has lost 55 people.


Officer of the 2nd Dragoon Regiment 1848 Fig. from the book: V. Vuksic, Z. Grbasic. Cavalry. The history of fighting elite 650BC - AD1914. L .: Cassell, 1994. P.197

The clash in Palo Alto showed that with the advent of revolvers, the nature of the war changed: there were much fewer American horsemen than Mexicans, but they were armed with revolvers and managed to defeat the enemy, inflicting heavy losses on him. Since then, firefighting with the use of revolvers has become the most preferred form of warfare by the US cavalry, significantly pushing back saber combat.


Colt Paterson # 3. Caliber .31 (7,5 mm). It was produced from 1837 to 1840. It is interesting that at that time Colt produced many types of revolvers for every taste and price and, moreover, of various calibers, and many were atypically small for that time. Known calibers .28 (7,1 mm), .32 (7,7 mm), .38 (8,6 mm) and .41 (10,4 mm). The barrels could be 10 or 30 cm long (for example, in the "Texas" model) and even ... 50 cm in the huge "saddle revolvers" 44 and 45 calibers!

As for the rangers, this term was originally called the guardians of the royal forests and hunting grounds. Similarly, the word is used today to refer to the guards of US national parks. However, at the beginning of the 24th century, they began to call the fighters of the special infantry unit, used for reconnaissance and ambushes, whom Great Britain recruited from the local residents of the USA and Canada. The organizers of the Ranger squads were James Oglethorpe and John Gorham, but the most famous of these was Robert Rogers, who recruited 1754 men from the Massachusetts militia to fight in the 1755-700 war. The following year, the Independent Companies of His Majesty the Rangers, or simply "Rogers' Rangers," numbered about XNUMX people.

During the American Revolutionary War, Thomas Knowlton recruited several Ranger companies in Connecticut to take part in the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Siege of Boston. After the Battle of Long Island, he already formed a whole regiment of rangers, but at that time all rangers served in the infantry. During the Mexican War (1846-1848), Colonel Jack High also formed the Texas Volunteer Mounted Regiment, 500, who fought with General Tyler's army in Mexico. Two Ranger captains became famous: Ben McCulloch and Samuel Walker.

Each ranger was armed with a rifle and one or two Colt revolvers. The Texas Rangers were particularly important in pushing Tyler to Monterey, clearing the way for Mexican guerrillas and preventing attacks on the American rearguard and communications.


Texas Ranger 1861 Fig. from the book: V. Vuksic, Z. Grbasic. Cavalry. The history of fighting elite 650BC - AD1914. L .: Cassell, 1994. P.203

In the first battle of the Civil War (1861-1855) at Bull Run in 1861, two assistant volunteers of the Confederate General of Beauregard distinguished themselves: B. Frank Terry from Bend County, Texas, and Thomas Lubuck from Houston. Confederate President Jefferson Davis conferred the rank of colonel on Terry, and made Lubuk a lieutenant colonel with the right to form a Ranger regiment of ten companies in Texas to serve in Virginia.


Revolver "Colt Paterson" model 1839 with an underbarrel fixed lever. Above is the holster in which the cavalrymen held such revolvers. During the war between the North and the South, it was customary to wear them in the "cross" ("reverse" or "dvin dry") style with the handles forward, when the left-hand weapon was on the right, and vice versa.

Terry and Lubuk began looking for volunteers who were supposed to have their own weapons and equipment, while the Confederate government pledged to provide them with horses. Each ranger was required to be armed with at least a double-barreled shotgun and one six-round revolver. Terry, for example, had four Colt revolvers: two Walkers in saddle holsters and two waist revolvers in holsters at the waist. In less than a month, more than a thousand volunteers gathered in Houston, where they became the 8th Texas Cavalry, better known as the "Terry's Texas Rangers." And although their Colonel Terry was killed in the first major battle in December 1861, the regiment retained its name until the very end of the war.

To be continued ...
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  1. cost
    cost 29 August 2020 06: 11
    +8
    Walker, for example, just died, stabbed to death by the lance of a Mexican lancer in 1847, after his name "Colt Walker" ... refused.

    Many dragoons tasted the peak of the Mexican lancers (californios). In December 1846, the army of the West, as the military contingent under the command of Brigadier General Stephen Kearney was called, set off to conquer California
    a photo Brigadier General Stephen Kearney

    Major Andreas Pico's Mexican Lancers
    photo major, later General Californios Andreas Pico

    in the battle of San Pascual fled, then unexpectedly for the Americans turned around and hit the pikes

    The dragoons were shocked when they saw the attacking line of Californios with pikes at the ready Almost every dragoon in the forward party was struck by a pike. Even more surprising for the Americans was the use of the lassoreata, which the Pico people used with unerring precision, throwing dragoons off their horses and making them easy prey for the lancers. Then the Mexican pike got the general himself, Kearney was trying to beat off another Mexican lancer with a saber. Fleeing to the rear, Kearney himself was hit with a lance slightly lower in the back and ordered to retreat. Kearney's defeated dragoons spent more than 3 days under siege on the hill until they were freed by sailors and marines who arrived from San Diego. .The second Alamo did not take place. Almost 150 people - dirty, hungry, more like homeless people than soldiers - were rescued. The nameless hill was named after the main menu of American soldiers - Mule Hill, not for example "Kearney's Last Defense Hill".
    Nevertheless, Kearney somehow managed to present this battle in Congress as the largest cavalry battle in the American-Mexican war and the greatest victory of the American spirit. They even installed a special stained glass window in Congress. True, then due to ridicule they removed him to the museum
    1. cost
      cost 29 August 2020 06: 19
      +4
      The best breed was considered to be a large (at the withers up to 160 cm) Morgan horse - strong and hardy. Then came standardbread and forebred, but these were worse

      The dragoons of the XNUMXst Dragoon Regiment were not on horses, but on mules. Horses were reserved only for senior officers.
      1. cost
        cost 29 August 2020 06: 22
        +7
        American Dragoons of the XNUMXst Dragoon Regiment

        Mexican lancers (californios)

        1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
          Kote Pan Kokhanka 29 August 2020 06: 37
          +5
          Gorgeous article from Vyacheslav and once again no less gorgeous additions from Rich !!! Thank you so much!!!
          Ps Mishka in the last photo is a pity!
          Pss Lancers in a sombrero, however, also break stereotypes, but the new light is the new light, where do we get to them with our "Lancers with colorful badges" !!!
          Regards, Vlad!
          1. arturpraetor
            arturpraetor 29 August 2020 15: 51
            +7
            Quote: Kote pane Kohanka
            Lancers in a sombrero really break stereotypes too, but the new light is the new light

            Pikes in America have been used by cavalry since time immemorial; in the XNUMXth century, almost all of the colonial Spanish cavalry went into battle with pikes, even before the lancers became popular in Europe. Especially different kinds of llaneros (New Granada), vaqueros (north of New Spain) and gaucho (La Plata), later huazo (Chile) and charro (Mexico) were distinguished by this - pastoralists who spent their entire lives on horseback knew how to handle him perfectly (the Spanish riding school and the Spanish horses, which during the Reconquista gave birth to such a phenomenon as jinetes, had an effect), and in case of war they acted as a horse militia. The closest analogue of such cavalry was the Don Cossacks, only adjusted for the Latin American flavor. Actually, such a cavalry in terms of fighting qualities could have done things in Europe, but in America it was probably simply the best. American dragoons, of course, are also good, but alas and ah - they are primarily mobile infantry for operations against the Indians, in the equestrian formation their fighting qualities were usually estimated as rather average by European standards.
            1. 3x3zsave
              3x3zsave 29 August 2020 16: 44
              +5
              My respect, Artem!
              It became very interesting, at what point did the name "vaqueros" in Latin America become a symbol of "black diggers"?
              1. arturpraetor
                arturpraetor 29 August 2020 17: 13
                +4
                Here I have no idea. Originally, "vaqueros" came from the word "wako" (cow), i.e. direct literal translation of the term means "cowshed", "cowshed". Maybe in relation to "black diggers" this is such a disdain - a comparison with cattle.

                By the way, it was from the Spanish vaquero that the English-speaking cowboy went.
              2. Undecim
                Undecim 29 August 2020 17: 45
                +4
                And what are they digging there, where does the information come from?
                1. 3x3zsave
                  3x3zsave 29 August 2020 17: 59
                  +2
                  I read it a long time ago, 25-30 years ago, almost in "Around the World", which I used to trust. Maya and Inca dig.
                  1. Undecim
                    Undecim 29 August 2020 18: 12
                    +6
                    Anton, they are not "vaquero", they huaqueo, from huaca, in Quechua - temple. This is especially common in Guatemala.
                    1. 3x3zsave
                      3x3zsave 29 August 2020 20: 37
                      +2
                      Thank you Victor Nikolaevich!
    2. Kote Pan Kokhanka
      Kote Pan Kokhanka 29 August 2020 06: 43
      +6
      Pikes as a weapon mattered even in the First World War. Our Cossack troops were armed with at least them until 1917.
      The Poles were armed with pikes until 1938. And although it is customary to mock them in the wake of Guderian. In the collision described by him, the Poles dispersed a battalion of Germans at the first stage, and only then came under dagger fire from machine guns of enemy armored vehicles.
      Regards, Vlad!
      1. cost
        cost 29 August 2020 07: 01
        +7
        Pikes as a weapon mattered even in the First World War.

        And after the First World War. The Germans and French at the beginning of World War II also used pikes.
        German cavalry in World War II

        French cavalry cavalry in the second in World War II 1940

        Cavalry of the Red Army 1936.

        1. cost
          cost 29 August 2020 07: 05
          +6
          Vladislav, as an expert in cold steel, you will certainly be interested
          a photo. Russian Cossack lance arr 1910




          1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
            Kote Pan Kokhanka 29 August 2020 08: 13
            +3
            Thank you!
            And yet, only the Poles made us happy with their combat use in World War II! Alas, unsuccessful. War of motors and all that !!!
            Regards, Vlad!
      2. Astra wild
        Astra wild 29 August 2020 18: 59
        +3
        Vladislav,: "The Poles were armed with peaks in the flesh until 1938", but WWII began on September 1, 1939 and how could they use the peaks if they existed "in the flesh before 1938".
        Perhaps you were wrong with the date?
        1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
          Kote Pan Kokhanka 29 August 2020 19: 20
          +1
          Sealed up!
  2. cost
    cost 29 August 2020 06: 34
    +7
    American Dragoons in the paintings of Don Troiani (don Troiani)



    1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
      Kote Pan Kokhanka 29 August 2020 08: 47
      +4
      And yet, for all sorts of things, American Dragoons are more infantry on horseback, or even carabinieri, than cavalry for a short fight.
      1. cost
        cost 29 August 2020 09: 12
        +5
        And yet, for all sorts of things, American Dragoons are more infantry on horseback, or even carabinieri, than cavalry for a short fight.

        Only not on horses, but on mules. And with the rest I completely agree with you.
        Pay attention, Vladislav, how contemporary American artists depict "the largest cavalry battle of the American cavalry at San Pascual." What dragoons ride and how they fight with rifle butts against sabers and pikes
      2. Andobor
        Andobor 29 August 2020 21: 31
        +4
        Quote: Kote pane Kohanka
        And yet, in all hands, American Dragoons are more infantry on horseback

        Dragoons are - infantry on horseback.
  3. 3x3zsave
    3x3zsave 29 August 2020 07: 10
    +7
    Thank you, Vyacheslav Olegovich!
    I was interested in the fourth illustration. For the trigger of the revolver, a recess is made not only in the side of the box, but also in the brass of the hinge! The question arises: was it really impossible to make the box half an inch wider or move the hinges ???
    1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
      Kote Pan Kokhanka 29 August 2020 08: 18
      +3
      Quote: 3x3zsave
      Thank you, Vyacheslav Olegovich!
      I was interested in the fourth illustration. For the trigger of the revolver, a recess is made not only in the side of the box, but also in the brass of the hinge! The question arises: was it really impossible to make the box half an inch wider or move the hinges ???

      Hello Anton!
      A chip of the manufacturer or protection of the box of the device from the second half! Women they are, there is a beautiful box - for jewelry, and these pieces of iron fiii - maybe in the garage !!!
      1. 3x3zsave
        3x3zsave 29 August 2020 08: 43
        +6
        Women are they
        That's for sure! "Honey, attach the shelf!" You attach. And, the shelf, like any horizontal surface, is instantly filled with vital garbage, incomprehensible to the male mind.
    2. Undecim
      Undecim 29 August 2020 13: 35
      +5
      I was interested in the fourth illustration. For the trigger of the revolver, a recess is made not only in the side of the box, but also in the brass of the hinge! The question arises: was it really impossible to make the box half an inch wider or move the hinges ???
      Of course you can.

      And the notch, I think, is the result of marriage, the size was wrong. In order not to alter the batch, who suggested drilling a recess for the trigger.
      1. Catfish
        Catfish 29 August 2020 17: 59
        +4
        Good evening, Vic Nikolaevich. hi
        More option for sale. Still, there is some purely aesthetic appeal in the products of that time. smile

        A remake, but still "the toy looks cute."
        1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
          Kote Pan Kokhanka 29 August 2020 18: 47
          +3


          I boast of my gift to my daughter for the year before last New Year!

          And this is my wife's birthday!
          Do not judge strictly!!!
          1. Catfish
            Catfish 29 August 2020 20: 18
            +4
            Hello, hello! hi
            Did you make the boxes yourself? Nice. smile And the bottom one for what, accessories?
            I have a Glacier replica of Smith, another model with a vented bar on top. Gas holds the best of all, once for two months it was lying around and did not bleed anything.
            1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
              Kote Pan Kokhanka 29 August 2020 20: 43
              +5
              Good evening Konstantin!
              Below is for a gun cleaning kit.
              From pneumatics, at home I have 9 long barrels and 10 short ones. I dabble in making butts and other small things for pneumatics.
              For a long time I have been looking at a replica for the Peacemaker to make a box with accessories for him. But, alas, for now, but ...
              Something from my collection.


              1. Catfish
                Catfish 29 August 2020 21: 09
                +4
                Is the tree also your work on PCA and Tommy? Looks great on an American. And I didn't recognize the 61st IZhevka at once, I have such a device, and I also added optics. The guys tried to put the spring more powerful, but it did not work, the cocking lever bends, the metal is worthless. Once I bought myself a Beretta 92 Rapid, but ... it works only for singles, the law then forbade the manufacturer to release it with automation. But we live in Russia, found a detail of this very Beretta on the network, compared the details, and removed the unnecessary files with a file. Now he pounds as expected: in single bursts and in bursts and gets up on the fuse. smile
                1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
                  Kote Pan Kokhanka 29 August 2020 21: 19
                  +4
                  On PPSh and Tom's native tree, on Izhik mine.

                  Another Izh-38, made for a gift to his son work colleagues!
                  1. Catfish
                    Catfish 29 August 2020 21: 21
                    +3
                    With this I would shoot a raven, how's the spring?
                    1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
                      Kote Pan Kokhanka 29 August 2020 22: 01
                      +2
                      I put gas. I did not measure the power, there was no device yet.
                      For the crows I have another Izhik!

                      On alert!
                      I brag about my shooting range. I did it just two weeks ago, I haven't even "updated" it yet.

                      Something I bragged about!
                      1. Catfish
                        Catfish 29 August 2020 22: 11
                        +4
                        I see there are still a bunch of cans in the box. At one time we thrashed empty bottles - effectively, but after a couple of years we were tortured to take out the glass to the trash. laughing And for voton my son gave me the Spanish Drakosha Lauron, the spring was changed in the workshop and the pneumatic gun literally turned into a real weapon. Well, they stuck the optics, naturally. Only now she is no longer for me, after a fucking aneurysm I am strictly forbidden to cock her lever, my stomach is all cut open. So I dabble in IZhevka. Is your shooting range good, a shed or a basement in the country?
                      2. Kote Pan Kokhanka
                        Kote Pan Kokhanka 29 August 2020 22: 27
                        +3
                        Garage! Jars with screws and nails. Just enter the old vodka boxes. On top of the lid, there is a kind of self-tapping screw, simple and convenient.
                        Of the powerful ones, I have a Spanish "Big ket" and "Skuyu-hunter", both with an underbarrel platoon.
                      3. Catfish
                        Catfish 29 August 2020 22: 52
                        +4
                        I, too, have all the screws and nuts in Tradition coffee cans, conveniently, ground-in plastic lids and I wrote on them with a marker what-where.
                        Of the truly powerful, I only have the BM-16, but a piece version.
  • Operator
    Operator 29 August 2020 11: 45
    +3
    The ranger is a huntsman, obviously.
  • Undecim
    Undecim 29 August 2020 12: 27
    +6
    The regiment was created in 1834, and the horses in it were selected for the company by color: bay, black, piebald.
    I will allow myself a few clarifications.
    The regiment was created in 1833, because already on March 4, 1833, the place of deployment was determined, and the first orders for the appointment of officers to the regiment were dated March 5, 1833.
    In October 1833, the first five companies were sent for the winter at Fort Gibson.
    Choosing horse suits for mouths began in March 1837.
  • Undecim
    Undecim 29 August 2020 13: 45
    +9
    Complete set of the "Colt Walker" set. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
    Not complete. Bullet and primer compartment covers are missing. The complete set in the original box is known for today only one. Sold for $ 2018 in 1.
  • Catfish
    Catfish 29 August 2020 17: 45
    +4
    Hello to all my friends! smile
    It seems that Mine Reed read that the first successful use of Colt revolvers occurred on the border with Mexico against Padre Harante's guerillas detachment. A squad of Texas Rangers at full gallop cut through the Mexican line, firing revolvers on the move. The remnants of the Mexicans had to return home, the raid did not take place.

    Monument to the Texas Ranger.
  • Catfish
    Catfish 29 August 2020 17: 54
    +3
    The same "explosive" carbine in the original packaging.

    Another version of the "Paterson" with a stock.

    Revolver options with a stock.


  • Astra wild
    Astra wild 29 August 2020 18: 32
    +5
    Vyacheslav Olegovich, why is there a number on the trigger so that they don't get stuck?
    1. Catfish
      Catfish 29 August 2020 20: 20
      +4
      No, so the cowboys don't get confused with the future. laughing
  • Astra wild
    Astra wild 29 August 2020 18: 39
    +4
    Quote: Undecim
    The regiment was created in 1834, and the horses in it were selected for the company by color: bay, black, piebald.
    I will allow myself a few clarifications.
    The regiment was created in 1833, because already on March 4, 1833, the place of deployment was determined, and the first orders for the appointment of officers to the regiment were dated March 5, 1833.
    In October 1833, the first five companies were sent for the winter at Fort Gibson.
    Choosing horse suits for mouths began in March 1837.

    Four years they were not up to the frills with the colors of horses?
    1. Catfish
      Catfish 29 August 2020 20: 22
      +2
      And for all these four years, the chief of the cavalry was color blind. And then the successor saw the disorder. wink
  • RVAPatriot
    RVAPatriot 29 August 2020 20: 21
    -1
    Thanks, informative
  • kalibr
    30 August 2020 16: 15
    0
    Quote: Kote pane Kohanka
    Lancers in sombrero

    About them will be!
  • Amborlakatay
    Amborlakatay 28 October 2020 17: 15
    0
    How interesting! I liked it very much! Moreover, I did not know this!