I recently received a new rifle from Robert Campbell as a token of appreciation for saving his life. You see, back in the spring of 1829, I lost mine while rescuing him from the Blackfeet. We were at a place called Bad Pass at Big Horn (It is a rough trail that bypasses Big Horn canyon), when we were attacked by Bug’s Boys. We lost 4 men there and almost lost our leader. The red devil’s shot Campbell’s horse out from under him and if I hadn’t have been there they would have gotten him for sure. I was given use of a fusil until we got to rendezvous where I bought another rifle. It’s been several years since and Campbell has become a wealthy owner of the fur company, but at rendezvous this year I received this rifle from him. It has a sentiment on the patchbox that reads: “To my good friend and fellow Irishman, Gabe Hanratty, with gratitude, Robert Campbell”. On the side plate is a Gaelic phrase that says “The grace of God is found between the saddle and the ground”. It is a good shooter and I will treasure it as a gift from a good friend!
P.S. This rifle was made by B.D. Gill (Benjamin Dickert Gill) grandson of Jacob Dickert. Carson has one made by him as well.