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Re: 1873 - 1884 mismatch
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 23 June 2010, at 9:35 a.m., in response to 1873 - 1884 mismatch, posted by Bill DiBenedetto on Tuesday, 22 June 2010, at 1:00 p.m.
How long is the barrel, 29.6" or 32.6"?
There were some Cadet rifles, at least, refinished during that period. They were not new made, and that is one of the few cases where refurbs ARE known to have been re-cartouched - often they were not. I've never seen an 1898 cartouche other than in pictures (Hill/Frasca, Book 1). "JSA/1901" also exists on refurbed TDs. Quantity is unknown, but it cannot have been large.
It is fairly well known that 1800 M1884 service rifles were actually converted to Cadet configuration in 1895. They are stamped "JSA/1895". I've owned one of them for 30+ years - 368714.
The only thing that appears "odd" about your find is the "rear sight of 1873", I have a hard time believing they would have installed anything but a Buffington.
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