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The Civil War was a big part of the McAllister family’s history. My first ancestors to come to the Colonies settled near what is Gettysburg, PA. One of the treasured heirlooms is the service revolver my great-great grandfather carried at the end of the War, as a Union cavalry soldier. He fought the entire War – enlisted at the very beginning, was wounded and captured near the middle, endured about nine months in the Andersonville POW camp, was paroled after losing about 1/3 of his body weight, recovered, and returned to his unit to finish the War. He was a pious, man-of-few-words, bad ass.

While my father has the original revolver, I acquired a recently made replica to be able to shoot one, and this video shows me discharging three rounds. My interest is largely towards gaining a better appreciation of his experiences.

Mine is an Uberti make of the Colt 1860 Army. Chambered in .44. It is cap-and-ball. Loading each of the six chambers in a cylinder is not a quick ...

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I disconnected cable years ago just couldn't take the the moral preaching from either side. I gave up movies and Netflix after I started seeing the the same ideas being told sometimes with in the first 10 minutes. Loved comedians until they Started celebrating abortion like a football player spikes the ball and dances after a touch down. They take away are ability to laugh and have fun at parties by locking us down and forcing us to then listen to their insane ideas through tv news or Twitter and Facebook. I have shut it all down and I am watching Bob Ross on YouTube the guy with the big hair and calm voice and puts the happy bird in the trees he seems to be able to produce with a single stroke of his brush . Think it is his birthday HB Bob. Thanks for the calming tone during this tiring time of hate and lies. It is going to be a tough couple weeks for sure. Who knows after that. Hope everyone can enjoy Halloween. I am privileged to have 2 young granddaughters and find so much ...

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