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Re: Trapdoors Galore

Posted by Ken Smith on Monday, 18 October 2010, at 2:48 p.m., in response to Re: Trapdoors Galore, posted by Pete Nelson on Sunday, 17 October 2010, at 9:20 p.m.

Hi Pete, Well, here goes. I bought that carbine at a pawn shop in Bloomfield, New Mexico in the 80s. It had a piece of rawhide stretched and stitched around the wrist where this old time repair was. I ( knowing better now) cut the stitches and carefully removed the rawhide and discovered the wrist was cracked with the grain and had some give to it. Also during inspection and cleaning, it was discovered that a headless shell still remained in the chamber. I took the piece to a gunsmith who made a chamber casting and removed the headless shell, and at the same time glued and repaired the cracked wrist. I still possess the headless shell and the piece of rawhide from the wrist. The carbine, at the time I purchased it, was missing the rear sight, the slingbar, and the buttplate. I purchased replacements from S&S Firearms. The buttplate turned out to be possibly from an Officers Model, as it has scrollwork on it. At no time was it ever sanded. The rear sight, I believe was for a rifle. The front sight had been tampered with before I ever got the carbine. There is a very small hole bored through the base parallel with the barrel and evidence of grinding on the base. I never could find evidence of a serial number on the receiver. But Keith told me he would have to put a numbered receiver on it to sell it though. The dead giveaway is the initials MHA carved on the left side of the stock. I had a sick feeling in my gut when I saw those after trading the piece to Keith, and finding it on the website. The best I have saved for last. There has been a miracle performed! When I had that carbine I looked high and low in all kinds of light, with optical assistance, and at different angles. I never could see any inspectors cartouche or other proof markings on the stock. But my eyes have been opened, for there they are in all their glory, plain as day. I don't know how I missed them! It's not the idea that Keith offered me $800.00 for it when we first began to deal. Yes, the piece is his now. But what really bothers me is he is trying to make 4 times the money, and is trying to do so in a very unethical and dishonest way. He has shown me his true colors. I wish him no bad luck or harm, but I will never deal with him again. Well there you have it, Pete. I do incidentally, have pictures of this carbine before trading it. Regards, Ken


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