Made in 1911
The story is that my grandaddy purchased it from a mailman in 1935 and never fired it. My dad and my uncle wanted to shoot it when they were about 13 (1957). They only had five cartridges (my dad found the 5 empties in the stock from where they shot them back then). My granddaddy told them to tie it to a tree and if it didn't blow up, then they could shoot it. Eventually it was stored in an attic for years and moved in the early 1980's. By the mid 1980's, my uncle acquired it.
I picked up some 38-40 cartridges a month or so ago and away we went! First time he shot it in about 67 years, he will by 80 in January. He picked up a buck a couple years ago with his Winchester 1886 45-70 and now wants to hunt with the 73'
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