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Re: 1873 Trapdoor question

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 20 March 2009, at 6:45 p.m., in response to 1873 Trapdoor question, posted by Ed S. on Friday, 20 March 2009, at 5:18 p.m.

Lockplates dated 1883 and 1884 are not of SA manufacture, as found. They may be thinned CW-era plates, or, new made by others. Their presence USUALLY indicates a rifle that was assembled, by outsiders (frequently Bannerman or Whitney) from salvaged - in some cases condemned - parts sold off for scrap by SA. Probably not the best choice for a shooter - if in doubt, have a knowledgeable gunsmith check it over.


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