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Newbie 1873 Owner

Posted by Al Hearn on Thursday, 3 June 2010, at 10:21 p.m.

I am a newbie here but have followed this board for some time. I recently acquired my first 1873 Trapdoor rifle, serial #153830 (mfg 1881), and am proud to now be a member of the elite club of Trapdoor owners/collectors.

I had been looking for some time for a good buy and ran across this 1873 on an auction site (is there a way to link to pictures from this discussion board?). It was described as a restoration and looked almost like new. After some back-and-forth with the seller (who didn't seem like like a serious collector), I bid and won -- for a price that I would have expected to pay for a rusty beat-up version of the gun.

After receiving the gun, I was blown away -- expertly restored, minor dents and wear in wood, proud wood/metal interface, no beveling, all proof markings clear, mechanically perfect, all correct parts (sights, etc.), full (but a little thin) bluing and case hardened, correct cartouches and barrel markings, and bright sharp bore. The only real evidence of restoration is a reversed rear barrel band. If this is a restoration, the original gun HAD to be in great shape to begin with. It's clearly not a radical restoration.

I don't know if I'm bragging here or asking if there's something I might be missing. Any comments would be appreciated.

Al


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