Friday, June 10, 2011

Firearms owned or purchases by C.P.

From: "Dale Reynolds"

Recently saw a model 1885 Winchester rifle. Did the Central Pacific Railroad purchase rifles from Winchester? If so did they happen to mark them with a number, and below the number the initials "C.P."? ...

I reviewed your artifacts and website but did not see any reference to arms being carried by the Central Pacific employees. Surely given the times some would have been armed.

Given the consolidation and name changing around 1885 to Central Pacific Railway from the Central Pacific Railroad, thought the significance of the C.P. might be an indication of this as the model year would be at the same time. ...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have not come across any documentation of purchases of Winchester rifles by the CPRR.

"C.P." was not unique to the Central Pacific Railroad. For example there is also the Canadian Pacific Railroad.

Also don't know if it was the custom for individuals to engrave their initials on rifles in the 19th century.

6/10/2011 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Dale Reynolds"

... given the use of numbers also it would appear to be from an agency or company an individual ...

6/10/2011 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Bob Chicko"
Subject: C.P. Huntington gun gift from Remington Fire Arms

I have a Remington rolling block 7mm gun, serial number "1,000,000".

It has the name "C.P. Huntington" stamped into the stock.

I got the gun from my late father in law, a lawyer in Los Angeles, about 35 years ago.

Do you have any record of a gun of this type being presented to the late Mr. Huntington?

I know from my research, he and Mr. Remington were friends. ...

—Bob Chicko, Arlington, Texas

10/07/2012 9:06 PM  

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