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Re: rod bayonet questions

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 29 November 2010, at 6:02 p.m., in response to rod bayonet questions, posted by JasonZ in MO on Monday, 29 November 2010, at 5:20 p.m.

(Q) I assume the rod-bayonet rifles had a unique barrel; is this correct? (A) No, barrels were same - the RB latch was just brazed onto those needing it.

If so, the barrel matches the time period of the stock cartouche.

(Q) If he's correct about the indexing then there may be a 6th digit he just didn't see? (A) I suspect he did not lift the hammer.

(Q) Or the index isn't quite right and the barrel has a replacement receiver? (A)Yes, a rod-bayonet barrel would have a round shank which could, physically, be screwed into an early (pre-96300 square-bottomed) receiver, but it would not be right.

(Q) Could there be an arsenal built rod-bayonet with this low SN? (A) Absolutely NOT. If the receiver really is a five digit type, SA did NOT put it there, period. Now, 14577X IS perfectly possible, and M1888 RRBs ARE known with receivers from that range.

What is block marking? If 1884, it would lap over the sides of a five-digit receiver. If they align, either a digit is missing or the block has been ground.

Don't yet have the full story on this puppy.


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