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Re: Trapdoors Galore

Posted by Pete Nelson on Sunday, 17 October 2010, at 9:20 p.m., in response to Re: Trapdoors Galore, posted by Ken Smith on Sunday, 17 October 2010, at 8:25 p.m.

Good evening Ken,

Interesting how none of his WebSite photographs show:

a) The area showing details of the "old-time wrist repair".

b) The area where the tack holes are supposed to be (i.e., "...back near the butt plate...").

c) The area of the stamping of the "Breech Block dated '1873' with eagle below it".

and

d) The area where "...someone has sanded the B/Plate where it..." (it meaning what? -- the B/PLATE itself? - - or the BUTTSTOCK where the B/PLATE fits against the curvature of the BUTTSTOCK?)..."fits 'sort of weird'".

e) And he does not mention anything about the letters (initials?) scrawled into the rearward part of the wrist just below the comb on the left side.

f) And there is no mention of whether the Saddle Ring is even there on the Bar - - or missing. And none of the photos show any sign of the ring (although it does appear that there may be some slight wood damage evidence in the area of the cartouche.

g) It almost appears that both the "ESA" cartouche and the "Circled-P" Firing Proof may have been "enhanced" or "artistically refreshed" (?).

h) Nor is there any mention of the (rather obvious) fact that the Model 1873 Rear Sight is now held on with SLOTTED screws.

i) And perhaps it is the angle of the photo (or my old eyes), but something about the front Sight doesn't look quite right.

And one would think that a price tag of $3,495.00 would buy a little more descriptive detail about the gun.

It would certainly be interesting to know what "drastic changes" you have observed since you owned it and what story you could tell. Thanks for your very interesting post!

With best regards,

PETE


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