I have a Smith and Wesson Model 2 army pistol which has the name W. M. Evans carved into the handle. It has patten dates of April 3, 1865 - July 5, 1869 - and Dec. 18, 1860 on cylinder. Sn. 13308. The owner of the gun I obtained it from was Marion "Bud" Evans who said he received it from his father who rode pony express and later was a cowpuncher in Coffey County, Kansas.
Does anyone know anything about this family? I understand Bud was a Junior. The initials on the gun grip are hand carved probably with a pocket knife. Very crude. It has an original leather holster, very worn.
This gun belongs in the hands of someone from the Kansas area if not to the family of Mr. Evans. I understand he had one son (above) but several daughters. There is family somewhere.
The bill of sale has an interesting history written with it.
Contact me at Eugeniarowe@aol.com if you have any information on this gentleman or his family.
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