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MAA carbine article
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 8 November 2008, at 10:38 a.m.
Finally received my copy, and have read Doug's excellent article. The ONLY obvious error found, in the initial run-through was the serial number quoted at receiver width change in 1878. This is well-known (by direct physical observation) to be between 96271 and 96309. His "99500-99800" is just plain wrong, but this glitch is totally irrelevant to the thrust of the article.
Also, I have some reservations, perhaps only involving semantics, about "Group 3". There really are no such guns, unless he ONLY meant to include those with replaced stocks, as were no carbines between ca. 45000 and ca. 60000 (really 75000) but a great job, nonetheless!
I am VERY surprised, given what I assume must have been Mark Gerhardt's impassioned input, was that NOTHING was said about the sliding brass ("Winchester style") trap supposedly done in the field, at post level, as a "pre-M1877" fix of the lack of ramming capability. Mark???
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