A close read of Charles Burritt's letter says the City Marshal did indeed disarm Henry Smith of the Pearl handled gun. But he also says the Marshal gave Smith's gun/guns back to Johnson Long for safe keeping and sends them both on their way.
Originally Posted by sumthin_nu
Interesting as then Smith and Johnson by Burritt's account shoot up the town some before finally leaving. But I'd wonder just how common 41 Colt was then, as now. I suspect he didn't have ammo for the pearl handled/engraved gun but was just shooting his own 6 gun and still carried the pearl handled engraved gun as he left town as a "trophy" for buffaloing the merchant.
No record of the gun past the City Marshal giving Smith's gun/guns back to Johnson Long for safe keeping. No record of the City Marshal keeping the stolen gun and returning it to the merchant. No warrant issued for theft of the gun either. Which would be a distinct point of interest to all I suspect at the time and duly noted. Interesting no info past the return of gun/guns to Johnson Long. One or both? And no record of the pearl handled gun being returned to the merchant. Odd to me.