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Posted by Victor Lavenstein on Thursday, 14 May 2009, at 9:19 a.m., in response to Re: Musings, posted by John on Thursday, 14 May 2009, at 12:56 a.m.
Just supporting John's comprehensive answer regarding "History" and the weapon. I think those asking for the specific dates want an idea of what was happening in the world on the day that trapdoor came off the line. They're looking for a snapshot of time to give context. In many cases they're probably hoping that the date is prior to some major event in which the rifle might have participated. Some get wrapped up in the romantic aura of possibility, the "this rifle might have seen the frontier/fought with Custer etc., etc." I know that's how I felt with my first trapdoor, before realizing that a model of 1888 had nothing much to do with the Indian Wars. The specifics of History and the particulars of production method dispel the romantic cloud, but one is still struck by how directly one touches History in laying hands on these rifles... how many others, over a hundred years ago, and how they lived and what they, and the rifle, experienced.
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