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Black Powder .22 short

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

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  1. mec

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    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.
     
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    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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