Sept 17-18, 2011 I spent at Bent’s Old Fort recreating the life of a Fort carpenter. It was a wonderful weekend. We interacted with well over 1000 guests during the course of Saturday and Sunday. I hope this is the first of many trips to Bent’s.
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About Gabe the Shootist
I am retired from public service, a trained gunsmith, pump mechanic, an old pipeliner, passable electrician, carpenter, truck driver, amateur blacksmith, proof reader, experienced hunter, shooter, reloader, avid canoeist, Renaissance man, jack of all trades, all around good guy (with the caveat: I won't be insulted, lied to or laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them.).
Great photo Gabe! I’m sure that was a very enjoyable experience. A question about your photo, is your shirt made out of the same material as “pillow ticking”? I also use that material for shooting patches. I never thought of buying a bolt or a few yards to make clothing too. Scar
My shirt is of a much lighter weight material than pillow ticking, however I just spent a weekend with a fellow who did just that. It made a fine shirt. I might want to give it a try as well.
I noticed there were no firearms, sidearms and only two or three possible knives attached to any of the Fort Bent patrons in your photos. Was this a Fort Bent regulation not to handle or carry firearms?
Most of the pictures I took were before or after public hours. People were relaxing. That being said, most of the folks who work in the fort go unarmed most of the time. Night guard duty would be an exception. The hunters and trappers who are camped outside and the soldiers who were camped there went armed all of the time. Bent’s NPS policy is that all firearms be unloaded and no powder is allowed among the volunteers. Powder for demonstrations is handled by the NPS employees. Thanks for the query.