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Re: Pete, Burnside Carbine

Posted by Larry on Monday, 17 May 2010, at 12:40 p.m., in response to Re: Pete, Burnside Carbine, posted by Pete Nelson on Monday, 17 May 2010, at 7:15 a.m.

Pete, Sometimes it is wise to look closer at old paint jobs on carbines & I emphasize OLD, as the army, in it's frustration over the deterioration of carbines issued to Indian scouts due to little or no maintenance to their weapons, decided to paint some of the weapons either black or military blue to help preserve them. I would think that most, if not all those carbines have been discovered, but you know Murphy's law (no offense intended to those Murphy's out there).

I hope you are happy with the U.S. Colt. As I have written you, if you are into collecting I.W. weapons, you just have to have at least 1 U.S. Colt in your collection. I was real fortunate to have found an Ainsworth plus the bonus of having it under the 8000 serial # which the early ones saw the brunt of the I.W.'s. Considering the prices today, I was real fortunate to have bought it for what I did. What makes me sick, this was bought out of a collection of U.S. Colts & there were just 4 left. I was only fixated on the Ainsworth & didn't give any thought to buying any more although I would have to have paid a visit to my local banker if I had. Hindsight says I should have paid the visit.

All the Colts came out of an old collection from Oregon & the elderly collector decided to sell the collection piecemeal as he wanted to make sure his wife had some money since they had no insurance.

I am waiting anxiously for Dick's next book with the list of early carbine numbers.



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