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Richard Jao





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PostPosted: Sat 31 Jul, 2010 2:15 am    Post subject: Identifying Highbinder weapons         Reply with quote

I found two pictures of various weapons used by the Chinese American Highbinders. Some of them I recognize right off the bat, but I can't make out what kind of guns they used.

http://content.cdlib.org/dynaxml/data/13030/b...1-FID4.jpg

Here I can make out a tanto, some sort of crowbar or railroad spike, and butterfly knives. The knives look like trench or utility knives but I'm not sure, and I can't really make out that gun. Is that a Navy or Dragoon?

http://cherbertamst.umwblogs.org/files/2009/01/0131w7753.jpg

More variety with this picture. Butterfly swords make an appearance again, along with more knives, a meat cleaver, and a hatchet. That item on the right looks like a truncheon of some sort, and I can't make out what kind of gun is illustrated here.

Could someone give me more detail about the weapons in these pics? And also, would anyone happen to know what other weapons would've been around for these Chinese Highbenders to use? These guys would've been around San Francisco around the turn of the century.
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Joel Minturn





Joined: 10 Dec 2007

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PostPosted: Sat 31 Jul, 2010 8:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

In the first picture I believe the pistol is a Colt M1861Navy. Not sure about the other pistol. It looks like an early black powder revolver. Possibly pre-colt.
Everything online has to do with Colts or Remington. Apparently everyone is only buying or interested in new model black powder pistols. Hmm Not sure what I have in book form about black powder pistols
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Beltrán Pérez





Joined: 31 Jul 2010

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PostPosted: Sat 31 Jul, 2010 11:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello... Perhaps a Prescott Navy??

Deus vos guard
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Stephane Rabier




Location: Brittany
Joined: 13 Nov 2006

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PostPosted: Sun 01 Aug, 2010 8:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

yes or a French Devisme or something else badly drawn Wink
As Joel said, the revolver above could be a Colt Navy 61 (.36" ...or Army 60 (.44" with a missing loading lever anyway.)
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