John Ryan’s Rifle

First Sergeant Ryan purchased a special hunting rifle from a gunsmith in Bismarck, Dakota Territory and took it on the Little Bighorn Campaign.  An expert marksman, Ryan was assisted by the special site on top of the Sharps .45/70 rifle, similar to the rifle pictured here.  First Sergeant Ryan probably dispatched three warriors at long range during the fight with this weapon.

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