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Black Powder .22 short

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by mec, Mar 31, 2003.

  1. mec

    mec Senior Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    The second issue came out in 1860 and became popular with Union Soldiers. J.B Hickock might have had one in his pocket that day in Deadwood.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2010
  2. Alex

    Alex New Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Grand Forks, ND
    Actually I think Hickock carried the 32 long rimfire S&W. I've read this in a couple different texts and also I personally cannot see a man of Hickock's reputation carrying a 22 for backup, the 22 loaded with blackpowder was almost useless as a defensive arm, and well the 32 sure wasn't a powerhouse it compared favorably with the 31 cap and ball revolvers of the time, which were capable of making a one shot kill if a shot was placed in the right spot. Hickock would undoubtably have been looking for that in a backup gun and there was one documented case where he used such a gun successfully in a confrontation with a drunk assailant.

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