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Re: Trapdoor Information

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 10 November 2009, at 10:12 a.m., in response to Re: Trapdoor Information, posted by Ernie Brandt on Monday, 9 November 2009, at 10:59 p.m.

Ahhh - this is where the starred receivers begin to cause a problem.

The table in Waite-Ernst is handy, and accurate for the very early (and very late) years, but otherwise needs to be interpreted. One of the best ways to do that is to compare it against known genuine specimens of limited production arms - for example, the 1,021 Cadets made in the third quarter of 1882 bear numbers around the 205000 area, NOT the low 180000s, as the table suggests. Things gradually come back into line - the 1000 24" barrel carbines (1886) are almost correctly listed, and the 100 Positive Cam rifles (1888) are spot-on. The REAL mystery, to me, is how the records "recovered" from the imbalance. They SHOULD have stayed out of step until the end?

Anyway, the gentleman's rifle (unless he omitted to mention a star) was made in 1882. No RECORDED (unstarred) carbines were made anywhere near that number.


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