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  •  Huzzah, Ojibwa. Good news. Just one side note (16+ / 0-)

    ...that cuts slightly the other direction.

    At the Battle of the Greasy Grass (Little Big Horn) in 1876, it's estimated that perhaps a fourth of the Cheyenne and Lakota warriors were armed with lever-action repeating rifles, mostly Civil War Henrys and its successor, the 1866 Winchesters, a 17-shot repeater. None of the soldiers carried repeaters, except for officers who carried pistols.

    So, on that one day at least, one of the disadvantages for Custer and his 7th Cavalry was that many of the Indians they came to kill had earlier versions of the lever-action firearm that, thankfully, did not get turned into the state rifle in Montana Tuesday.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 08:37:47 PM PST

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