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Re: trial rifles
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 29 October 2010, at 11:16 a.m., in response to Re: trial rifles, posted by Al Frasca on Friday, 29 October 2010, at 12:31 a.m.
But, what of the M70s (at least one other - 76|76 - is known, besides my own 77|77) with the matching numbers on the bottom, which ABSOLUTELY ARE in the very distinctive M68 font? It has the "new" sight location. In the process of gathering info for my little book, I was contacted by several individuals who had matching number M70s, but none had the M68 font - even so, IMHO, it cannot be dismissed out of hand.
To possibly support Fred's theory, I traded away - in the early 1970s, when my knowledge was even more limited than it is today - what I now believe to have been a M70 with two sets of sight holes. I KNOW it had two holes, but whether they were "proper", I cannot now say. An M70 with rearward sight location DID turn up on Gunbroker last year, but the barrel and stock had been chopped, and the price was considerably more than I wanted to pay for a "bubba". Maybe I should have bought it anyhow, just for the learning experience.
I understand about the Navy moving the sights forward, and have both versions of the Navy rolling block, each complete with the bayonet lug AND full inspection marks. A "proper" Type 1 Navy is pretty scarce.
Well, I'll just keep on looking, I guess - if anyone finds one, you know how to contact me! Don't need the whole gun - a decent barreled action would suffice.
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