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Re: trial rifles

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 29 October 2010, at 9:43 p.m., in response to Re: trial rifles, posted by Fred on Friday, 29 October 2010, at 8:30 p.m.

I believe that, if still present in the particular stock being reused, spoons and/or pins - since they caused no interference in the 1868/1870 models - were simply allowed to remain in place. After all, there would be a labor cost to remove them, and really to what end?

I'll throw in another point. General wisdom has it that there were NO short inletted stocks, the 1870s simply living with the very slight 1868 gaps at the front of the receiver. This - while it may cover the VAST majority, is NOT absolute. I have seen one short-inletted stock, and have the picture(s) to prove it. Unfortunately, I'm not exactly sure where they are! :-(

Al, you did not really answer my last question, other than to sort of insinuate that the arms in question were likely Bannermans, and, as to the rods, we certainly know that the date of a request was often far in advance of the date of implementation of same.

FWIW, how does one differentiate a Bannerman (of THAT period) from a genuine SA rifle. It is VERY easy to do so with the bastard .45-70s of the 1890s, but, in the period under discussion, everyone was using the same parts. If the markings are correct, the parts are all correct and compatible, and the stock has the requisite inspector's stamps, how does one tell?


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