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Re: Early 1868 Trapdoors

Posted by Fred on Friday, 1 October 2010, at 11:46 p.m., in response to Re: Early 1868 Trapdoors, posted by Tom Trevor on Monday, 27 September 2010, at 6:10 p.m.

Tom, This is the first time I've been able to get on line for a week as the wife takes this lap top to work with her and only brings it home on weekends. That's a great idea! However, I think that the fact that she's giving up her "daddy's gun" will necessitate some cash on top of a trade IF she goes for it. I'm willing to give her my Model 1870 rifle for it and some serious money. I don't want to wind up putting out more cash than I can get out of it. I'm just practical enough to keep the rifle for a short while and then sell it to a collector too. So, I'm going to have to figure out what I can get back out of the rifle versus what I'll have to put out for it on top of what I've got in my 1870. I guess that the 1868 rifles with the 1868 dated breech blocks are early enough to attract a buyer or two. I'm not out to cut a fat hog, I just want to see the rifle go to a guy who's been looking for such a rifle for a long time and who'll really appreciate getting it. I don't want to see it sitting in a closet in Seattle until it finally goes to a pawn shop. My cousin has absolutely no interest in firearms let alone antique U.S. marshal arms. Gramps got it from the widow of an old farmer for $20.00 and so it's not exactly a family treasure. Primarily, I want to know what serial number the rifle has. I'm flying up to Seattle with my wife and my mom to visit with my aunt and will be able to check it out. I've promised Dick that I'll contact him with any information I can get on it. I believe that I can probably buy it from my aunt for $2,000.00 . I mentioned it to her before and she asked me if I had it. Of course didn't at the time. The understanding is that she has it, I want it and she knows it. If I want it, I've got to come up with the cash. It's a fair deal and I'm willing to give her what she wants.


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