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Lens: Pentax 18-135mmWR @ 28mm Camera: Pentax K-5 Photo Location: Phoenix, Arizona ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/350s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: PALADIN85020, 12-09-2012, 09:46 AM

I took this shot as a commemorative, picturing two common tools of those who ventured West in the frontier times of the 1800s. The rifle is a .45/70 Springfield "trapdoor" carbine, Model of 1879, manufactured in 1881. It is very similar to the carbines used by Custer's men at the Little Big Horn. The wagon wheel is probably from a Conestoga wagon of the same era. It was like re-uniting two old friends when I put the two together. These relics are from a past that is now, sadly, fading from our consciousness. The pioneers who left their familiar surroundings to travel into virtually unknown territory deserve a lot of respect for their bravery.

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12-09-2012, 02:45 PM   #2
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Nicely done! My dad has my great-great grandfather's Springfield Trapdoor 50-70, which he had when he received his 40 acres in Nebraska for his service during the Civil War. I believe that he was the original owner.
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I like the way the two objects compliment each other in this shot.
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