Posted by Champ on October 11, 1999 at 17:44:20:
In Reply to: Re: Quannah Parker posted by Rich on October 11, 1999 at 04:53:26:
: It's been some time since I've read up on him, but the thing that stands out, in my mind, was the Adobe Walls affair ... a small group of Buffalo Hunters, holed up in these adobe ruins ... kind of an Alamo in reverse.
: It didn't work out for the Indians, though they greatly outnumbered their foe ... those Buffalo guns, and the cover, proved to be too much.
Siyo Rich ---
speaking of those buff'ler guns, I have a gun magazine that did a great story on that battle, and in paticular took an in depth look at Billy Dixon's "mile long shot" (off the top of my head I think it was actually a quarter mile).
For those who dont know, the following day, as the buffalo hunters stood outside, some Indians appeared on a high mesa in the distance. Billy Dixon was handed a big "50" (.50 caliber Sharps), & he shot at the figures. About the time they figured he'd missed, one of the Indians reared up on his horse & dropped. His comrades scooped him up & away they rode.
No blood trail was found, they figured the Indian just got one heck of a gut ache. Dixon himself dismissed it as a lucky shot.
At any rate, this goes to illustrate the power of these big rifles (until recently, I myself owned a repo .45 caiber Sharps carbine and can attest to their "whomp" --- hehe)...
There were those in the scientific community who thought that Dixon's shot could not be possible, so the Army invited them & a gun magazine staff out to put it to the test with a radar system they had that could track a fly on a football field.
I have the results, but needless to say, they proved beyond a doubt that these big guns could effectively hit at those ranges & well beyond (and also silenced some critics of the shooting scenes in "Quigley Down Under" as well!)...
As a post script, many moons later, Billy Dixon requested and is buried at Adobe Walls.
sign me a fan of both
Quannah Parker & Buff'ler Guns!
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