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Posted by John on Friday, 13 March 2009, at 11:20 p.m., in response to Re: 1882, posted by gary cain on Friday, 13 March 2009, at 3:32 p.m.
I am confused. Is the 1882 date based on the cartouche or the serial number?
Remember, serial numbers did not come out on finished arms in exact sequence, so it COULD be a 1882 manufactured receiver that was finally built up at a later date when they were making carbines. Throw in the date/serial number skewing caused by numbers assigned to the "starred" receivers, plus the confusion between fiscal year and calendar year records and it is hard to be 100% certain about anything. Al's data is probably as close as anyone will ever come to getting it right.
Dick's comment is excellent as a gneral rule, but it is always good to never say "never or always" with this sort of stuff.
Let the gun speak itself from condition, wear, parts details, etc, and if it otherwise seems "right" it MAY be. However, it MAY also not be right, or at least impossible to prove one way or the other.
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