Thursday, April 23, 2015

Did They Have Rifle Straps In The 1870s?

April 23, 2015
   Did my morning whip out exercise by grabbing an old photograph of four mountain men. Looks like the photo was taken in the 1870s. Picked the guy on the right who was riding a mule. As I was doing the whipping, I noticed something strange:

Daily Whip Out: "Mountain Man With Rifle Strap?"

   Here's part of the photo reference:

It appears both riders have a rifle strap, with the rifle strapped across their shoulders, which, if true, seems so odd in an Old West photo. Seems more like a WWII, or a modern, method of carrying a rifle. Do you see it?

"There's nothing new under the sun."
—Old Vaquero Saying

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