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Re: 1873 cut-down rifle to carbine
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 8 November 2008, at 9:48 a.m., in response to 1873 cut-down rifle to carbine, posted by David on Saturday, 8 November 2008, at 3:19 a.m.
Short answer, IMHO: yes.
However, all is not lost. You can have a front sight added, and the gun could still be enjoyed as a shooter, or used by a reenactor who doesn't want to beat up an original.
Or, you could find a full-length barrel, the small metal bits, and stretch the wood, creating an arm with the APPEARANCE of originality. Such an arm would be more "presentable" but still not "collectible" - that, sadly, is gone forever. With care, this could be done for well under $500. Of course, you need to get parts correct for the serial number.
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