A Gift From Robert Campbell

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.

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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.).
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