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August 20, 2023 - 3:11 pm
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I had the great fortune to spend some time with Jesi, Angela and Gare at the Cody Records Office while in Cody for the WACA show last month.  Mark

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Mark,

Another Great video show and look into the CFM records research office.  I spent many hours working in that very office as a volunteer years ago (when John Hawke was still working there as a volunteer), and I can attest to the sometimes-great difficulty in interpreting the Single Shot (Model 1885) records.  Of all the many different Winchester Models that have surviving records, the Single Shot records are the most time intensive to read and decipher!

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Crikey, those microfilm scans are difficult to read.  I learned something again.  Thanks, Mark!

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Crikey, those microfilm scans are difficult to read.  I learned something again.  Thanks, Mark!

  

Before they began color scanning the records, when a microfilm record was unreadable, a trip (through the underground tunnels) would be undertaken to the vaults beneath McCracken library and the original ledger book would be carefully opened and used to complete the research/letter request.  I made several of those trips with David Kennedy or Jessica Bennett to decipher the Single Shot records.

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That was a very nice video. I have always been amazed the ability to read and interpret the hand writing in those ledgers.  

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I greatly enjoyed the video.  Very tragic about Gare.

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Thanks, Mark. I’ve only met Gare briefly a time or two but his initials are on about half of my searches and letters. He will be missed. I’ve been very grateful for pre-purchase feedback from the records office a number of times, well worth the cost of a museum membership. Jesi also flies down to our TGCA shows when possible to perform searches and hopefully recruit new Museum members. The CFM also recruits new WACA members on a regular basis and I suspect the records office has something to do with that. They’re very modest about the service they perform but they’re heroes to many collectors.

 

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Another great video.  I really found the part about still having to have a huddle now and then trying to figure out what the line entries mean.

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Chuck said
Another great video.  I really found the part about still having to have a huddle now and then trying to figure out what the line entries mean.

  

Agreed, lots of information on one line sometimes. Lots of abbreviations, sometimes hard to read. I remember one rifle we discussed here awhile back. Jesi was at the TGCA Show here in Denton at the time. The rifle had a very long list of features and I had an image of a letter done decades ago. She nailed it. I suppose the index card system made it quite a bit easier but there’s no way such a huge volume of cards would have survived. We’re lucky to have the records we have considering how many were destroyed.

 

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