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Re: Little Big Horn Carbines?
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 7 November 2010, at 1:44 a.m., in response to Re: Little Big Horn Carbines?, posted by Bill M. on Sunday, 7 November 2010, at 1:01 a.m.
Well, I do not know about Salter, but Keith once had 12221 for sale, as a CADET. When I called him on it, he professed total surprise (funny, it's one of the best known LBH numbers). Don't know how he acquired the receiver - he certainly didn't break up a carbine - but, putting it onto a cadet (without recognizing it) doesn't impress me. The HONEST thing to have done would have been to have sold it as is, as a relic. That being said, I understand it subsequently morphed back into a carbine again. (I'm not sure Keith did it though, IIRC the gun had been sold by the time I asked him about it).
So, if anyone one out there owns it, you should know that your barrel threads have a little more wear, and the gun is a little less of a virgin, than you might have thought! :-)
Yes, there definitely ARE some contemporary records; for example, Charlie Reynold's diary was recovered, with five s/ns recorded in it, all in the 17,000 range, IIRC, and fairly close together, too - things like that. There are probably about 70 carbine numbers known with some sort of definite attribution to LBH. Perhaps 15-20 of those are known to actually exist today, the others are just "firm info", perhaps awaiting discovery at a yard sale near you!
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