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Forager from my grandfather

Posted by Brian on Sunday, 25 January 2009, at 6:15 p.m.

My grandfather passed away a few years ago and I inherited his firearms. I have many fond memories of my grandfather and unfortunately never did go hunting with him. We shot a lot of BB guns though :) Anyway, I have had the items from my grandfather since then and decided yesterday to finally look into the ones I knew nothing about. Well, thanks to this site I believe one of the items may be a Forager. It has the "US Springfield 1873" with the eagle on the side. I can see the 1881 in italic, the serial number looks like 1237 (but could be 1287 - the consensus between my wife, me and my son is that it's 1237 :). I see the cartouche but I can't read it - I'm not sure what it's supposed to say. The barrel is 26" from the rear site to the front tip of the barrel, and the front site is a brass peg. Anything else I should check to find out if it's an authentic Forager? Also, at one point in the past someone decided to coat it in a lacquer of some sort. I had to strip some of it to even see the serial number, 1881 stamp, etc. I don't really want to proceed with any restoration until I read that information on the site... Anyway, any advice on how else I can verify it's authenticiy would be very appreciated. I can send pics too, just need to know where to send them. Thanks!


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