Our friend Joe Engesser over at Rock Island Auction Company has put together a compendium of the firearms featured in 1923. A fine piece of work it is, too — surely a pleasant task, given that this era is kind of a pinnacle in the development of the gun. Joe caught something cool that I missed — Spencer Dutton carries an heirloom from 1883, noting:
Another Dutton family legacy arm, Elsa’s knife was a gift from Sam, her Comanche husband, and is now carried by her brother Spencer 40 years later.
He also gives a pretty solid ID for the double rifle Dutton wields in the bush. It doesn’t look like a precisely period-correct double to me — which is understandable, since such rifles are as expensive as a house. Joe surmises:
A Sabatti or similarly affordable modern Italian model is likely the gun during 1923’s dangerous game scenes in Africa.
Check the post out — there’s a lot of good stuff, especially for those of us who have a soft spot for Winchester 97s and the like…
Bifurcated seasons seems to be the way it’s done these days. The final four episodes of 1923 will kick off on February 5, in which it appears that Lady Marilyn will have to deal with Spencer turning that double rifle on another form of predator. Her favorite predator. Uh-oh…
And, let me just take a moment to tip the Baldwin Hat to the sheer magnificence that is Helen Mirren as Cara Dutton.
If all of this 1923 jazz has whetted your appetite for the times when the Old West collided with the modern era, you must throw back a shot of Samuel K. Dolan’s Cowboys and Gangsters: Stories of an Untamed Southwest, and chase it with The Line Riders: The Border Patrol, Prohibition and the Liquor War on the Rio Grande.
This is x-ring Frontier Partisan history, done as well as it can be done. You can trust the factual basis, but Dolan never loses sight of the fact that the men of that era were living a humdinger of a story — and he’s got the writing chops to put you right there with smugglers and lawmen on a star-spangled desert night.
I finally broke down and subscribed to History Hit, the history documentary treasure trove looked over by Dan Snow. At $3.49 a month right now, why not? Watched a well-put-together video on George Washington igniting the French & Indian War in 1754. Below is a short version.
YouTube sensation Colm McGinness just dropped a cover of Corb Lund’s I Wanna Be in the Cavalry. This pleases me.