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Collector or Seller ?
January 14, 2020
5:23 am
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Bert H. said
The 5-barrel set that Clint (Captain Bligh) had was not authentic. I first saw it a the Cody show about ten years ago, and initially thought is was real. As it turned out, it was a talented gunmaker that assembled the set.
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Clint was quite a character. I first met him when he was selling cars, and actually bought one through him. Did quite a few gun shows where he had a table or 2 near mine. He bought a few from me. I don't remember buying any from him. I'm still in contact with his widow.

Shoot low boys. They're riding Shetland Ponies.

January 14, 2020
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Old Logger said

Clint was quite a character. I first met him when he was selling cars, and actually bought one through him. Did quite a few gun shows where he had a table or 2 near mine. He bought a few from me. I don't remember buying any from him. I'm still in contact with his widow.  

So,

Any idea where the 5 Barrel set is now ? - Factory mfg. or not it seems like a very desirable piece that anyone would treasure.

It would be very interesting to see a full article on this Rifle in the WACA Magazine and to consider its production - where did all the Takedown fore-ends come from and are all the Barrels correctly marked etc.

According to Rennebergs' Book the Serial # is 403436 - 1908 Production - WACA Database.

If you ordered a Letter from Cody what would it indicate ?

A very interesting gun and someone should tell the story of it. Truly more than a curiosity.

January 14, 2020
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David McNab said

Old Logger said

Clint was quite a character. I first met him when he was selling cars, and actually bought one through him. Did quite a few gun shows where he had a table or 2 near mine. He bought a few from me. I don't remember buying any from him. I'm still in contact with his widow.  

So,

Any idea where the 5 Barrel set is now ? - Factory mfg. or not it seems like a very desirable piece that anyone would treasure.

It would be very interesting to see a full article on this Rifle in the WACA Magazine and to consider its production - where did all the Takedown fore-ends come from and are all the Barrels correctly marked etc.

According to Rennebergs' Book the Serial # is 403436 - 1908 Production - WACA Database.

If you ordered a Letter from Cody what would it indicate ?

A very interesting gun and someone should tell the story of it. Truly more than a curiosity.  

Prior to Mr. Colligan passing, he had the gun consigned with Cabela's for a long time but it did not sell. I heard it went to auction but I cannot verify that. As Old Logger said, when you first saw the gun it was pretty impressive but once you had the opportunity to really look at it, you would see the gun was not correct. The gun had clearly been refinished, both wood and metal.  Upon close examination, the wood was not the same for all forearms - the grain just did not match the buttstock on at least 3 of the forearms . The gun was too late to letter as is the gun in Rennenberg's book. As I recall, all barrel markings, including caliber, were correct. The gun was put together by someone that knew what they were doing. It certainly would not be a desirable piece to me and I have a problem with trying to deceive others for profit. When Mr. Colligan purchased the gun it came with a story and I am certain he believed the story and went to his grave thinking the gun was right. There is no shortage of take-down 94's out there so I guess you could start beating the bushes for a barrel of each caliber and make your own 5 barrel set - matching both wood and metal finish would be a problem. Multiple barrel sets have been discussed on this forum before - back in March of 2014, Chris Hartman (1892takedown) provided extensive information regarding the cartridge feed problems you have when trying to use multiple caliber barrels on the same receiver - the barrels will interchange, they just will not properly cycle cartridges. In my mind, that is clearly why Winchester did not produce any 4 or 5 barrel sets. I hope you have had time to read the 1996 Collector article.

January 15, 2020
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Clint had it displayed nicely on a wood background. It was impressive to look at. I only saw it a couple times. 

Shoot low boys. They're riding Shetland Ponies.

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