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Re: Verified Custer carbine?
Posted by Joe Busch on Saturday, 28 August 2010, at 1:23 a.m., in response to Re: Verified Custer carbine?, posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 27 August 2010, at 11:52 p.m.
Thank you for your input. The earliest that I can find any information about this weapon was in Gary Hendershott's catalogue no. 146, item 7, back in 2008. The carbine has been heavily used. The armorer's cartouche on the left side behind the missing sling bar is barely visible, but the firing proof cartouche behind the trigger guard is clearly visible. I used gun oil and over 30 patches just to clean out the barrel. The outside of the barrel was very rusty. I used oil and paper towels to remove the rust - next time I'll follow your suggestion in one of tonight's earlier posts about using some fine steel wool. I applied several coats of parafin oil to the wood. This is not a "pristine" weapon. I have read other posts on how to get a case tested, and I will try that. Based on Fox's work, casings from 130 +/- carbines were identified on the battlefield at LBH. Since that represents maybe only 20%-25% of the Model 1873's present that day, even a negative test won't exclude this carbine. As you said, it is interesting to pose the "What If's".
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