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Late Coast Guard Issue?
Posted by Robert on Sunday, 15 February 2009, at 8:55 a.m.
Awhile back, a few years anyways, I picked up a "carbine" size 1884 Trapdoor with a 1890 cartouche on it. The rifle was of interest as whomever "carbined" it, must have done it quite some time ago and dimensionally correct, but there was barely a lick of bore left in it. One other curious thing is that it had a shot gun bead for a front sight. Actually got a grouse with it shooting a .410 one year, but since had Bob Hoyt re-line it, put the proper front sight on it, and it is a fine shooting "carbine" rifle. That all being said, I never forgot the story of the guy that I got it from. He told me that he brought the rifle back from his Coast Guard days during WWII. Didn't think much of it until I attended a gun show and talked to an elderly gent who served in the Navy back in WWII. He showed me a picture of himself and....lo and behold he is standing there holding a Trapdoor with a hook and rope hanging out of the barrel! A couple, three years ago I believe there was a link from this site that had a data base that elluded to the rifle I have as being issued in 1942. I thought it was a mis-print...is it possible??? Ser# 454981
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