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Re: original 1884 US Springfield
Posted by John on Wednesday, 8 September 2010, at 12:50 a.m., in response to Re: original 1884 US Springfield, posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 8 September 2010, at 12:04 a.m.
In my opinion, the stock is not even a real product of Springfield Armory, but rather one of the repros made sometime in the last 40 years. Note the flats alongside the lock plate and shape of the comb.
Tang screw is modern repro. Hammer screw is M1855-1870. There is not a single part on this gun, except POSSIBLY the bar and saddle ring, that can be attributed with any certainty to ever being part of a trapdoor carbine. This is positively a parts gun, not a genuine carbine.
If the seller does not pull the listing, after getting this many well informed comments from the folks here, then they are deliberately engaging in fraud, and I hope the sucker/buyer gets a good lawyer!
It is one thing to innocently sell an item with an erroneous description based on ignorance. But, it is quite another to knowingly engage in misrepresentation. Note the seller's terms are "AS IS - No refund or exchange" instead of the customary 3 day inspection and refund if not as described.
Ball is in the seller's court. Internet archives are around forever, and they have a chance to build a reputation as an honest broker, or not.
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