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Re: Real or Repro M84 Rifle
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 10 May 2009, at 9:01 a.m., in response to Real or Repro M84 Rifle, posted by Jeff on Sunday, 10 May 2009, at 1:46 a.m.
I think you might have missed one of the more obvious perps - Hollywood!
I know of no "repros" of the 1884 Rifles. H&R made 1000+ 1873 rifles in the 1970s, but no one would ever confuse them with an original, as they are DEEPLY stamped with the H&R markings.
So, if the parts are genuine, under the mistreatment, then it is just a real piece which has seen hard times. In this case, careful refinishing (something I usually do not suggest) would seem in order, unless there is some personal sentimental reason to keep it as received.
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