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Re: Carbine Stock?

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 13 June 2010, at 1:40 a.m., in response to Re: Carbine Stock?, posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 12 June 2010, at 12:57 p.m.

Mr. Merck contacted me again, and here is my reply (copied to Al):

"Dear Carl,

Sometimes I CAN get carried away. No personal discourtesy was intended, but that description was pretty bad. A novice could well have been deceived by it.

Yes, I know Al Frasca very well, and I have a VERY hard time believing that he would have recommended that stock, had he actually seen it. SA (Springfield Armory) did NOT stamp raw wood. And, that stamp is a FAKE, the letters, and shape of border are nowhere near the original.

There seems to be a missing piece of the puzzle still. Could it be that the gentleman in Montana perhaps failed to mention that the stock was new raw wood, AND did not send Al pictures? If he just wrote: "Dear Mr. Frasca, I have a long wrist 1873 carbine stock with an ESA cartouche, is it worth anything; should I put it on Ebay", Al might well have said, "Yes, that's a really scarce item, it should sell very well", or the like. So, I'm still unclear on what REALLY happened.

You have a very nice website, with some beautiful work displayed. Another gentleman has spoken highly of you as well, so, I now choose to believe that you wrote what you wrote in good faith, and it is not your fault you were misled.

You can see most of my collection (and a picture of Al and me) at


Dick Hosmer


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