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Old 11-21-2015, 2:53 PM
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I was recently at Knotts Berry Farm and wandered through the small museum there. I noticed, among other relics, were at least three Beaumont 11.3/.43 caliber bolt action repeaters. I am curious if these were used by civilians in the wild west, or if the US, Mexican, or other militaries in the Western hemisphere were using these.

I found it interesting to see them on display alongside Winchester 73's and the like. If they were used in the west, it might give me enough reason to pick one up.
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Old 11-22-2015, 9:45 AM
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They display a lot of random guns there like a couple of Arisakas.
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Old 11-22-2015, 12:24 PM
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Though they may have immigrated to the west during the era, I would doubt they lasted long due to ammunition shortages and lack of reloading equipment.
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They display a lot of random guns there like a couple of Arisakas.
You're correct, I do recall an Arisacka or two... just an oddly motivated curator then?
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I remember seeing sectioned cartridges cases for modern smokeless rifles like .223 and .308 at the Knotts Berry Farm "museum", but this was about 5-6 years ago. I would chalk this up to odd selection of display stuff rather than authentic period-correct items on display.
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The Billy the Kid museum in Fort Sumter has some wonderful Western firearms, but the cases are full of dirt and dust and there are firearms lying in the dirt. A couple of Arisakas and I believe at least one Italian Veterelli, I think the old museum curators bought them as very cheap props to spice up the displays of finer and rarer shooters.
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They also have a Confederate musketoon on display labeled as .69 caliber when, indeed, it is .58.
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You're correct, I do recall an Arisacka or two... just an oddly motivated curator then?
A budget limited curator. I really doubt knots is very interested in buying guns and probably gives a limited budget.
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They display a lot of random guns there like a couple of Arisakas.
I do believe that Arisakas were used in the old west, primarily to guard stage coaches. I might be wrong though.
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