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Catching a glimpse of the Old West

October 4, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

Estherville Rotarians Thursday caught a glimpse of the OK Corral when Doc Sievert offered an informative talk about handguns of the Wild West from their beginning until today.

Sievert classified the Western-style revolvers that you now see as one of three types:

n Fake.

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Doc Sievert showed Estherville Rotarians Thursday a variety of revolvers — ranging from black powder to modern semiautomatics.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

n Resurrections.

n Restorations.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult for even experts to determine which are which. For example, Sievert showed one revolver once deemed fake that could very well be original.

Revolvers made a big leap from the black powder guns of the Civil War, evolving into the Peacemaker. Sievert's oldest model was an 1848 Dragoon cavalry gun.

Sievert also talked about a Tri-S gun safety he's invented that's virtually invisible from the outside of the gun, preserving its value while still making it safe.



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