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"Curley's" Springfield 1873 Trapdoor Carbine

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On this edition of The Curator's Corner, National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier joins John Popp and Silas Messer of Springfield, Oregon at the Wanenmacher Tulsa Arms Show in Oklahoma to talk about Messer's Springfield Armory Model 1873 trapdoor carbine that once belonged to U.S. American Indian Crow Scout "Curley," one of the few survivors and a famous witness of The Battle of Little Bighorn. This gun was issued to Curley many years after the battle, but the gun, purchased by Messer for $750, is now worth more than $25,000 because The Springfield Research Service authenticated the history of the gun's ownership. Originally aired 2/24/2011.

Season 11