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Olmontanaboy
December 11, 2010, 01:53 PM
I've read some place that some Confederate cavalry units would use short barreled percussion shotguns. If this is true where they very common?

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Fingers McGee
December 12, 2010, 01:09 AM
Yes, they were very common, especially in the first days of the war. There were not many 'martial' arms in the south other than what was in Federal armories, so many units were formed up with the enlistees bringing whatever they had or buying whatever arms were available in the area. In August of 1861, 3 of the companies of the 3rd Texas Cavalry were outfitted with single shot .54 caliber pistols and shotguns. The rest of the companies had single shot pistols and a mix of model 1841 .54 Caliber rifles and Sharps .52 Caliber rifles and carbines.

Olmontanaboy
December 12, 2010, 12:01 PM
Thanks Fingers, I'm thinking about something like this:
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e367/filekeeper/PS0914.jpg

georgi
December 12, 2010, 01:11 PM
that'd be the Pedersoli coach?
i too have my eye on one of those! they're great looking pieces that a lot of folks seem to be real happy with!
cheers
-g

Fingers McGee
December 12, 2010, 01:30 PM
I've been giving that one the eye too. It's been a while since I've had a percussion shotgun.

Gambit88
December 12, 2010, 10:35 PM
everyone I know with sxs percussion shotguns all seem to have problems with one lock. Its like one goes off 100 percent the other one is more like 40. This goes for original and repop.

just my 2 cents(and yes i want one)

Gambit

Acorn Mush
December 13, 2010, 01:48 AM
everyone I know with sxs percussion shotguns all seem to have problems with one lock. Its like one goes off 100 percent the other one is more like 40. This goes for original and repop.

That sure seems strange. I've had a CVA SxS for about 25 years and both locks fire 100% of the time. I wonder just what might be wrong with the shotguns in question? Weak mainsprings, poor alignment of hammer noses to nipples, interference between wood and lock parts in the lock mortise, or maybe something else?

StrawHat
December 13, 2010, 06:26 AM
Locks can be fixed.

kBob
December 13, 2010, 11:16 AM
I believe that shotguns specifically for southern service much like that short pedersoli were manufactured at Tallassee, Alabama.

I seem to recall there was on on display at the Chickamaugua battle field museum, but can not find my old picture book from their. The book had excellent photos, most fold out, of the guns on display there.

What later became the Cracker Cowboy problem, the one year enlistees in the FLorida Cavalry, were originally entirely self armed.

WHen I was a kid in the 1960's I ran into a couple of boys along the Styx river that had a muzzle loading double they claimed to have been a Confederate cavalry gun. the left barrel was cracked and a heavy copper pipe Had been brazzed inside the leftbarrel to greatly reduce the gauge like to something approaching 28. Of course any old beatup gun was a confederate relic in those days. ;-)

-kBob

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