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Re: 1873 Carbine sn# 55694
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 26 October 2009, at 1:13 a.m., in response to 1873 Carbine sn# 55694, posted by Teela on Sunday, 25 October 2009, at 11:22 p.m.
50,000 is the arbitrary point I have chosen for ease of communicating with people while compiling my database.
It is WELL above the highest known properly documented Custer/LBH arm, which is 43617. It is also comfortably above the highest anticipated carbine from any of the early production blocks (which totalled 20,073 made).
In fact, the highest genuine carbine number I have logged is 48482. From then on, production was all rifles (and a few Cadet rifles) until approximately the 75,000 range. There was a HUGE gap where no carbines were (officially) made.
While anything is theoretically POSSIBLE, I would be HIGHLY suspect of your number. The odds are almost insurmountable that it is a modified rifle. The practice of making "carbines" from rifles was once widespread, since they always brought more money to the seller. Now, buyers are MUCH more sophisticated, and we have resources unheard of in the 1960s and 1970s, when the cutting was in full swing.
Could you describe your arm more fully?
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