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Re: Model 1873 identification
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 3 December 2009, at 2:02 a.m., in response to Re: Model 1873 identification, posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 2 December 2009, at 4:05 p.m.
Finally checked my references. Yes, that rifle was in the midst of a VERY long run (including 318266) of "84B" citations in the SRS datbase. It could be restored, but finding the parts will be tough, and probably run well over $1000. Stocks do not exist, so a hand-carved splice would be needed.
Nearly all of those rifle were converted to M1888 configuration. I do not know if the brazed-on bayonet latch base is the same dimension (never had to check) but I THINK it is.
Forgot to mention - does the barrel have a front sight? If it does, yours was probably one of the converted ones, since the rare originals had the sight permanently attached to the (non-removable) hood. In any event, at least the receiver almost certainly was on one of the rare rifles.
Pictures of both types are on the home page.
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