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Re: Pete, Burnside Carbine

Posted by Pete Nelson on Monday, 17 May 2010, at 2:41 p.m., in response to Re: Pete, Burnside Carbine, posted by Larry on Monday, 17 May 2010, at 12:40 p.m.

Hello Larry,

Yes, I (think that I - - I always add that standard "Senior Disclaimer" nowadays) remember there being a thread here on Al's DISCUSSION BOARD about that, but I couldn't find it in any of my old DISCUSSION BOARD notes. At one time (back in my "early days of collecting") I had a nice Mauser C96 "BROOMHANDLE" automatic which had been painted a rather hideous magenta (all over), but when I got done cleaning and cleaning and cleaning it, I had a pretty decent WWII relic which I later used as a trade-in on a rather "minty" "DWM" Luger with a 12-inch barrel and the ramp rear sight. holster with extra clip and cleaning rod, and "Sam Browne" belt (fortunately only the gun itself had been painted).

That was pretty much the way I felt - - I wanted one complete, decent, representative Colt SAA ("U.S." property-stamped) with the holster, holster hanger, and belt, and it didn't necessarily have 90% or 95% blue with all of the case-hardening and perfect wood. As it turned out, the wood is pretty nice with no cracks, dings, or "score-card notches", and the "D.F.C./1880" cartouche (left side of grip) is in very good condition, as is the "D.F.C" on the bottom of the grip. The only feature I wasn't sure about is the Assembly Number ("1723") on the scalloped stamped inside surface of the Loading Gate, but that - - as I understand it - - is a separate and distinct number by itself, normally bearing no relationshipo to the actual serial number. All other numbered components bear matching numbers (614XX - - sorry about the "XX"s), and there was already a letter with the gun addressed to the previous owner and signed by the recently-retired (after 44 years) previous Historian/Researcher, Kathleen J. Hoyt (now Colt Historian Emeritus) of COLT ARCHIVAL SERVICES. I subsequently ordered my own personal letter which is signed by Ms. Hoyt's recent replacement, Beverly Haynes.

30, 40, or 50 years ago who would EVER have thought that these "old warriors" were going to command the attention (and prices) they do today.

I too am eagerly (and patiently) awaiting the publication release of Dick's new book. I have already dog-eared many of the pages of his first one on "THE .58- AND .50-CALIBER RIFLES AND CARBINES OF THE SPRINGFIELD ARMORY: 1865-1872" from North Cape Publications.




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