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Re: Model 1873 Carbine / new user
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 20 September 2010, at 1:36 a.m., in response to Model 1873 Carbine / new user, posted by Jason Z in MO on Sunday, 19 September 2010, at 7:12 p.m.
With a 22" barrel it is MAY be a carbine, but that serial number range has VERY VERY few carbines in it - the number is likely six digit (NONEof which are x's, of course).
The block should also have "U.S."
Is there a fixed bar and sliding ring on the left side? I suspect perhaps there is not, else you would have mentioned it? It COULD be that someone put a carbine buttplate (with trap cover) on a cut-down rifle.
Has the front of the stock been spliced, patched, or had a cleaning rod groove filled, in ANY way at all? Is there a sling swivel on the front of the trigger guard(or signs that the base for one was ground off)?
The correct rear sight would be the Model 1879 ($75-$100). Rods, and headless shell extractor, can be had for the butt (another $75-$100). A proper tang screw would be another $10 or so.
If it IS a carbine, and you paid $500 or less, you got a real deal. If you paid $1000, you're OK, IF it is in nice shape, WITH a cartouche. If it is a cutdown rifle, however, anything paid over $200 would be a problem, since cutoffs are only worth around $400, when complete.
Since there are some minor (and probably unwitting) conflicts in your presentation - this could be something of a 'wobbler', and MAY take pictures to resolve. I'd be glad to review same, if you wish.
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