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Re: Sights and serials

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 1 February 2010, at 9:24 p.m., in response to Sights and serials, posted by Mark Daiute on Monday, 1 February 2010, at 8:12 p.m.

Mark,

The 1873 sight was "browned" (blued in today's terminology).

Serial numbers were centered. "11" would have been a carbine.

That INCLUDES those having stars - the first digit is closer to the left edge on starred receivers than on non-starred ones. In other words, presence of the star was intended AT TIME OF STAMPING - NOT some after-thought, or mark placed as result of some occurance, or classification, at a later date. This is a CRUCIAL point and one which needs to be fully understood, as it effectively debunks several of the (sometimes far-fetched) theories advanced.


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