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Re: carbine authenticity
Posted by John on Thursday, 1 July 2010, at 12:25 a.m., in response to Re: carbine authenticity, posted by James Meredith on Wednesday, 30 June 2010, at 11:00 p.m.
I think that our friend Dick Hosmer probably knows as much about them as anyone, and has the largest database of early carbine numbers.
Of course, our host Al Frasca knows a bit about them as well, having written two books on them and lots of newsletters covering ALL things trapdoor.
Additional advice- avoid the auctions, and buy from reputable dealers with inspection and return privileges. You may pay a bit more than getting a "bargain" on some auction, or finding one loose in the wilds of gun show land, but all too often anything but a reputable dealer can end up buying a very expensive education.
[Full disclosure- I am a dealer and have a Custer range gun listed right now at oldguns.net on the antique longarms catalog.]
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