A Springfield 1873 rifle modified into a U.S. Navy line-throwing gun used to shoot rope lines between ships. Comes with several brass firing bolts; two boxes of .45 caliber blanks; a barrel attachment for holding a spool of line; and a spool of wooden dowel wound line. Includes photographs of a display plaque that states the gun was modified from a model 1884 [1873?] Springfield rifle and used by the tug "Lucky," which was built in 1945 as the USS Ono. Also includes paperwork addressed to gun expert Ray Meketa from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms verifying that the gun is not considered a "firearm" by the U.S. Government. Accompanied by a hand-cranked Mark 1, Model 1 Rewinding Machine. This item was featured on the History Channel series "Pawn Stars."
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