Fede, just realized you’re the person on this website I want to contact. John Spangler at oldguns.net gave me your name as a person in Argentina who might have some information to share on Merrill firearms. I added my website in the prior message, and hope you might be a second contact to provide research at the Museo de Armas de la Nacion in Buenos Aires. Two Merrills I found in auctions a few months back had a “Buenos Aires” stamp on the right side stock near the buttplate.
I’ve read that James H. Merrill had 3,800 unsold Merrill carbines, as stated by researcher/author Terry White, author of “American Manufacturers of Combustible Ammunition”. One of his hints as to where Merrill sold them was to Tsar Alexander II. My attempts to make contacts at Russian military museums like Sestroretsk have resulted in zero email replies.
Then, I found the two Merrills with the “Buenos Aires” stamps but again nobody at the Museo or contacts thru LinkedIn related to the museum would reply. This week, someone who lives 10 minutes from the Museo responded to my message on n-ssa.net, looking for anyone who could help with research at the Museo. He stated that when it opens up again he would try to find information on possible Merrills there on display or in storage, plus any contracts the Argentine government might have had with James H. Merrill.
Please reply when you can. John stated you had tremendous files… Thanks, Eric.