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Re: Model 1879 carbine

Posted by Bud on Saturday, 3 July 2010, at 8:01 p.m., in response to Re: Model 1879 carbine, posted by Jim Stewart on Saturday, 3 July 2010, at 6:34 p.m.

Jim,

My mistake. There are no punch marks on either side of the barrel/receiver joint (or anywhere on the carbine for that matter). I forgot to mention that the "R" stamp on the left side is in a "serif" type font (old-fashioned look).

Wow...I've never heard of the 1886 Experimental Carbine. Please share more when you have some time. I re-measured barrel band to be sure I hadn't made a mistake on my original post and it came up: 11 3/8" from the muzzle to the very tip of the stock fore end; 15" from the muzzle to the front edge of the barrel band; and 15 1/2" to the rear of the barrel band.

Am I correct in thinking that the key-hole butt-stock plate is supposed to be from approx. 1877? It sure seems like I have a "Heinz 57" carbine.

One other side question for everyone: could the presence of older model sights on newer firearms be an indication of the kind of ammunition available at that time? I've often wondered if ammunition records (if available) would help to pinpoint dates of actual model/sight upgrades in the field. Although it seems that not all sight upgrades on trapdoors were from ammo improvements like they were on the '03.

Thanks so much for your help, Jim.

Bud


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