Many of us are enthralled with the history of these guns. And of the Colts that came before the SAA.
I was going to put this in the Lounge, but I think it is better fitting here as it directly relates to the history of the 1873 SAA.
When you think of the 1873 Colt, it actually came to the Western Frontier rather late. Lewis and Clark came through in 1804 to 1806. A hundred years prior in 1700, all the Plains Tribes had horses.
But for most of us TV Westerns or our overactive imaginations are what fuel our own chase for the perfect Colt SAA.
My imagination runs along with the rest. The photo above, is right there helping me along.
Much of what we envision of "the American Wild Indian" comes from the Great Plains, Northern Plains and Columbia Indian tribes. Colorfully dressed, expert horsemen and may be even rather comical in a fantasy way from my perspective till yesterday.
Native Americans were the ultimate subsistence farms/hunter/gathers. The winner of most every "survival episode". All of which meant for them, total warfare (as in kill anyone out of your own tribe if required), the buffalo and later for their own cultures, the horse, prior to the white man showing up.
I have ran buffalo on one of my horses. And I know what I'd want for a horse to run buffalo with if for real if I was hunting and shooting off horseback. I'd want a BIG one. I also know what kind of horse I'd want for everyday transportation. A much smaller horse. Kinda like your 4x4 and you Corvette. You'd want the right horse for the job. I'd want enough horse to be able to pick the "right horse".
Not uncommon for a Plateau family to have a 100 horse herd. Many families did.
Just like we'd all want a SAA, a good lever gun and long range Sharps if you were gonna be dropped back in time. A good horse was required
What I had not contemplated is just how frightening it would have been in 1850 or 1875 to actually meet an unhappy Native American willing to take your hair.
We spent much of yesterday at the Pendleton Roundup. Which is a yearly gathering of the NW Plateau tribes. The Columbia River Plateau (parts of Oregon/Washington/Idaho now) is where the first NA tribes started selective breading of horses, which in turn gave us Cayuse and Appaloosa horses.
If what we saw yesterday was any indication of what generations of native peoples looked like and were capable of, anyone heading out on the Oregon trial in 1850 had to have an ego the size of Texas or was just totally clueless of what was to come.
I'm not typically impressed by much. I was impressed. And frankly, taken aback, at just how intimidating these men and women were or could be. Put them on a horse? Sweet mother, thank your lucky stars you weren't born when they ruled the plains and whites had to ask permission.
Never really seen a lot that scared me. These guys (real Native Americans showing dome of their heritage), wrong place, wrong time, scared me.
Just a little food for thought when you start thinking "cowboys and Indians" again