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  1. Notchy Bob

    A Question for You Idaho Boys

    Have you ever heard of a late 19th-century guide or packer named Irving Roy "Cougar" Anderson? I believe he was based in the Coeur d'Alene area. If you have heard of him, what can you tell me about him? I was browsing around on the web and ended up on the website for Cisco's Gallery. This is...
  2. Notchy Bob

    Some Notes on the Black Hawk War

    The Muzzleloading Forum has been up and running for a number of years now, and it sees a lot of traffic. Sometimes it's fun to just dive into the "back pages" of old posts and see what comes up. I found this short but interesting thread in the section labeled "The Plains": 1832 Black Hawk War...
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    Biscochitos

    Here is a little something for the holidays: Biscochitos! I understand these are the state cookie of New Mexico, and a traditional holiday treat. I'm not a native or even a resident there, but relied on my friends Jim and Roberta to help with the recipe. Muchas gracias! The cookies shown...
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    Buffalo Skull

    Since childhood, I've been fascinated by bison. Relatives of today's bison helped sustain our European ancestors and also lumbered across the Bering land bridge along with the people who populated the New World. Looking at a buffalo skull takes me back to the old west, the earliest frontiers...
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    New Article About Cap & Ball Revolvers

    The current issue of True West magazine (November 2020, with Emiliano Zapata on the cover) has a nice article on cap and ball revolvers, by Phil Spangenberger. I don't think hard-core blackpowder aficionados will find anything new or surprising in it, and there is really nothing about actually...
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    Winchester "Trade Knife"

    I wanted to run this one by you boys and see if anybody knows anything about it. I was browsing on Evil Bay (never a good idea...) and found this interesting knife. The price seemed fair, so I bought it. This is a fixed-blade butcher/skinner with a pin-fastened wood scale handle and stamped...
  7. Notchy Bob

    Robert Campbell, Mountain Man

    My wife was scrolling through her YouTube app a few days ago, and something caught my eye... "Waitwaitwait, what's that?" It turned out to be a biography of Robert Campbell (1804-1879), an Ulster Scot (or, Scotch-Irish, as we know them in America) who came to the USA in 1822, and then got...
  8. Notchy Bob

    A Southern Pouch and Horn

    I was looking for information on South Carolina longrifles, and happened upon the website for the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, or MESDA. If your interest is mainly in shooting, that title might not get your attention, but I found they have a very extensive collection of longrifles...
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    Gator Tooth Powder Measure

    This came up in another discussion on this board, and rather than hijack that thread, I figured I would start a new one. As far back as I can remember (I'm 66 years old), my dad had this old alligator tooth in a drawer labeled "Measures & Reloading." I am quite sure this tooth is years older...
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    Question About Paint in French Canada

    I was researching powder horns, and found an interesting article in the Museum of the Fur Trade Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 4, pages 7-11, "Notes on Canadian Powder Horns." The text is very informative, but the illustrations are all black and white, with one photo and several pen-and-ink drawings...
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    Historical Note: Trade Guns on the Southern Plains

    George Bent (1843 - 1918) was a son of William Bent, one of the founders of Bent's Fort, and Owl Woman, a southern Cheyenne lady. George was well educated, having attended school in St. Louis. He became a Confederate soldier during the War Between the States, and saw action in Missouri and...
  12. Notchy Bob

    Question for Moderators: Deleting Private Messages

    First of all, thanks to all of the moderators for maintaining this board. It is a great service to the muzzleloading community. My question is, how do you delete an old Private Message, or "Conversation." There is a very old one in my Inbox, which appears to be junk, from somebody named...
  13. Notchy Bob

    "Mang in Graz" Pistols

    I have taken an interest in the "Mang in Graz" pistols by Pedersoli ( https://www.davide-pedersoli.com/tipologia-prodotti.asp/l_en/idt_6/pistols-mang-in-graz.html ). There are three versions, all percussion, all available as either .38 or .44 caliber. The one that interests me the most is the...
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