Monday, December 28, 2009

BOOM !

Dick Allen fires off a round into the trees at Sturgis in '77.

I'm going to take a couple guesses here. In the caption that went along with the photo, Larry Kumferman said Dick was firing a .44 cal. black powder pistol. I'm thinking it was probably a .36 cal. Navy Colt, from the short ramrod, and the diameter/length of the cylinder. The pistol looks a little short overall to be a .44 cal. Walker Colt, but it's really hard to see.

I'm also going to guess that Kumferman took the picture at a camp along Boulder Canyon (14 A), between Deadwood and Sturgis. They used to let you camp along 14 A because it was National Forest land, and there were, well, only 10-12,000 people and not many campgrounds back then. As the crowds got larger, they "rescinded" this privilege. Besides, all the M/C's used Deadwood as a party base then, and that would have fit just fine in Dick's agenda.

1 comment:

Partners in the Wind said...

This is one of the coolest photos I've ever seen.