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See what I did there?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by toolslinger, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. toolslinger

    toolslinger Well-Known Member

    Guess the mod
  2. Curator

    Curator Well-Known Member

    1851 Navy with an 1860 Army grip frame
  3. toolslinger

    toolslinger Well-Known Member

    Spot on! Feels so much better now. I gotta get one for my G & G
  4. BowerR64

    BowerR64 Well-Known Member

    It is nice when your whole hand can fit on the gun. The 1851 must of been built by some one with dinky hands, or no pinkie finger?
  5. toolslinger

    toolslinger Well-Known Member

    Well I have heard people were smaller back then and I realize that the Cavalry wore gloves but I ain't never figured out the standardization with the Navy grip size.
  6. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member

    Years ago they had a display of genuine Civil War Army officers' uniforms at the downtown Chicago Public Library. I'm only 5'7" and I wouldn't be able to fit in any of them. They looked like kids' outfits. People were much smaller on average then, I guess.
  7. toolslinger

    toolslinger Well-Known Member

    Makes you realize why .31 pocket pistols were Colts best sellers.
  8. Hellgate

    Hellgate Well-Known Member

    The cavalry liked small guys since the maximum weight for the horse to carry was 200 lbs so they preferred riders to weigh like 140 so they could carry lots of equipment. Most cavalrymen were on the small side.
  9. BowerR64

    BowerR64 Well-Known Member

    Who did they build the walker for?
  10. whughett

    whughett Well-Known Member

    Texas Rangers, small guys on big horses. Walkers were meant to be carried in saddle scabbards.
  11. Gaucho Gringo

    Gaucho Gringo Well-Known Member

    Size is a matter of how well you were fed. When the Vikings raided Europe in the Middle ages they were on average a foot taller than the people they were raiding. A foot difference in height in hand to hand combat is on heck of an advantage. It was attributed to the Vikings protein rich diet when most Europeans were on starvation vegetation diets. Today just look at the size increase in Americans in the last 2 generations. I was once the tallest kid in my grade school, today I look like a pygmy next to my son, daughter, son in law and in a few years my grandson.
  12. vagunmonkey

    vagunmonkey Well-Known Member

    Guess I would have been riding in the wagon...:rolleyes:
  13. whughett

    whughett Well-Known Member

    Well Hoss Cartwright fit on a horse.
  14. craiso

    craiso Active Member

    Do you have a use for the '51 parts ? ;)
  15. PRM

    PRM Well-Known Member

    Can you cite the source for that info?
  16. Hellgate

    Hellgate Well-Known Member

    From 'Horse, Saddles, and Bridles', by Colonel William Carter, 1902. The book goes into great detail on lessons learned in the Civil and Indian Wars regarding maintaining horses, endurance, equipment, and standard practices in the U.S. Cavalry.

    The U.S. Cavalry saddle weighed ..... 17 lbs.

    Total equipment weight (including saddle, guns, boots, etc) .... 90 lbs.

    Maximum allowed weight of Cavalry trooper .... 165 lbs.

    Prefered weight of Cavalry trooper .... 130 to 150 lbs.

    Total weight on horse .... 220 to 255 lbs.

    Average weight of US Cavalry horse (10 regiments) ... 1052 lbs.
  17. Big Al Mass

    Big Al Mass Well-Known Member

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