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Old 10-18-2019, 02:06 PM   #1
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Default Gun that fired the first shot at the Battle of Bunker Hill up for auction

Hey 4th! Time to get out your checkbook! You know you have to have this one for your collection!

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The gun that fired the first shot at the Battle of Bunker Hill is heading for sale Morphy Auctions in Denver later this month.

The Revolutionary War musket belonged to John Simpson, a Private in the 1st New Hampshire Regiment who fought during the historic battle in Charlestown, Massachusetts on June 17, 1775.

As the British troops advanced, Simpson fired his weapon prematurely – disobeying the famous order given to American soldiers not to fire “until you see the white of their eyes”.

Having been passed down by Simpson’s descendents for almost 250 years, the historic weapon will now be offered for sale for the first time, and is expected to sell for up to $300,000.
https://news.justcollecting.com/gun-...orphy-auction/
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Old 10-18-2019, 02:54 PM   #2
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As Simpson lays in the prone position, a colonel asks, "Simpson, why did you fire your weapon?" In a painful voice, Simpson answers, "Sir, you stepped on my balls."

Meh, it's a boring day.
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Old 10-18-2019, 05:25 PM   #3
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The treatment of this guy’s body, the campaign in western New York and Pennsylvania and the southern campaign should put an end to the myth of 18th century “civilized” warfare.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Warren

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdggCICMnkU
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Old 10-18-2019, 08:28 PM   #4
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Oh my god , its a ass-salt rifle... the first AR15


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Old 10-18-2019, 08:47 PM   #5
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Smile Hell my gun is in better shape than that one.

Holy sheeeeet thank you Sanders I almost missed that on. Yup we will be flying up for the auction unless I can get someone to work the phone at bidding for us down here?
Remember this post. My estimate is that weapon will sell for close to $700,000 or more? Smithsonian will be their and all the big boy collectors will be tossing their hat in the ring. $$.
I will probably have to shut down around the half mil. $$ mark?
I have stood on Bunker Hill and the battle of Bunker Hill was NOT fought on it. It was fought on 'Breed's Hill.' 'Midnight ride of Paul Revere' Revere only became famous for the ride from the poem so named. He was captured and detained and released early and only rode but a very short distance.
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Old 10-30-2019, 01:22 PM   #6
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Sold for $492,000
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Thank you S. Fisher for that follow up.
I had to stop my dang bidding at $450,000 and left the auction so I did not know what it went for? I was $200,000 off on my guess. Thank you Benjamin Franklin for getting those weapons here.
Very nice historical weapon the public will get to see which is great. Not belittling the weapon but not in NRA great shape. Appears like someone painted the front battle strap with yellow paint or something?
Few rust spots but best to leave them be. Well hell I tried maybe next time.

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Old 10-31-2019, 03:43 AM   #8
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John Simpson’s gun probably cost about 3 pounds brand new in the 1700,s or about a month and a half’s wages.
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John Simpson’s gun probably cost about 3 pounds brand new in the 1700,s or about a month and a half’s wages.
That is if he even paid for it? New Hampshire I think he was from? They had militias at the time for home defense against Indians or whomever? Remember Franklin was working with the French to import many thousands of their muskets for our upcoming struggles.
The Charleville musket was a .69 caliber standard French infantry musket used in the 18th and 19th centuries and Franklin had them pouring in. Brits had the Brown Bess and Rebels had the Charleville.
Bunker Hill was early so that probably was Simpson's private bought weapon. Military service during the revolution was for a set time and the men who had weapons issued 'with no serial numberings' were taking them home when they rotated out.
The Continental Congress thus marked them with 'United States' to stop the stealing and those weapons go for a higher premium. $$
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I would have thought that the gun that

fired The Shot Heard Around The World

would’ve brought more...
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I would have thought that the gun that

fired The Shot Heard Around The World

would’ve brought more...
That was not the same gun 44044. Concord 1775 saw the Brits and Americans facing off against each other near present day Concord green. Neither side wanting to fire knowing the repercussions that would come.
Then 'Boom' whoops who did that? Thus began a brutal war that is portrayed as clean and professional as any war could be. Not so fast. Mel Gibson tried to show the brutalities in The Patriot with the burning of the church with the men women and children in it. Did it happen?
British troops landed about a half mile away on the beach from our family home in Conn. to invade New Haven. They hit the beach and marched up Campbell ave. killing everything that moved.
British Gen. Campbell finally stopped the slaughter and by doing so the town named Campbell ave. in West Haven, Conn. after him in honor for doing so. He was killed in Allingtown before reaching the green in New Haven where the Brit troops camped on the green at the entrance to future Yale college.
The Warner home within sight of our family home was loaded with ammo and powder. The Brits never did discover that. The war was aggravated by taxes and abuses by the British rulers.
But the shooting only started when they foolishly came for the guns. I hope the Dumbocrats studied their history?
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4th...Thank you for pointing out my

error Sir...I just made that assumption
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_hqeXQssNA

The slaughter of the officers might have put them in the mood to desecrate Warren’s corpse.

They learned their lesson and gave Canada a few concessions in the mid 1800s keeping them in the Empire and leading to shitty gun laws covered in maple syrup and served with blended whiskey.

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Old 11-03-2019, 12:41 PM   #14
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I was out when the bidding hit 400,000 (Pesos).
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Some pieces have intrinsic value that eclipses market value. ��
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