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The amazing discovery of a 1880s era Winchester rifle has authorities in Nevada stumped. During an archaeological survey in late 2014, the rifle was discovered leaning against a tree. It blended in to its surrounding so well that officials say it is possible the .40-40 rifle had been there since the 1880s. When found, the wooden stock was well weathered, and the barrel was rusty, but the serial number was intact and it indicates the rifle was manufactured in 1882. The area where the rifle was found has a rich history of mining, ranching, and hunting so officials are looking through historical documents to see if they can figure out who may have owned it. The rifle was one of the most popular guns in the west at the time, so determining the owner will be that much harder. It would have sold for $35 to $50 in 1882, so it isn’t likely that the owner left it on purpose. Nichole Andler, the park’s chief of interpretation, said, “I would say the possibilities are wide open as to who owned the rifle and why it was left there. It leaves a lot to the imagination and it may be a mystery that’s never solved.”

—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.

Researchers puzzled by discovery of 1882 Winchester rifle in Nevada national park,, Accessed January 17, 2015.

Luke 15:9 (HCSB) “When she finds it, she calls her women friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found the silver coin I lost!’ “

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