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Re: type of rod?
Posted by Fred on Tuesday, 7 December 2010, at 9:17 a.m., in response to Re: type of rod?, posted by John Gross on Monday, 6 December 2010, at 7:04 p.m.
Wow! Thanks John, Al and Dick for all that wonderful information. I think that I might've seen such a rod before also, but it was a long time ago. Well, the rifle isn't exactly without finish. The rear sight seems to have been color case hardened instead of oil quenched as is probably appropriate for this time. The wood is absolutely untouched and has never been worn or sanded, only gently knocked around from time to time by all of the curious who take it down and look at it. Of course, the hammer was pulled back on it and couldn't be released because of the trigger lock on the rifle, but as I was wishing that I could do so anyway, I touched the lock and it separated and the two halves fell off of the trigger guard, onto the floor. One rolled under the rack where I'm sure nobody will ever find it and so I just laid the other one on the rack nest to the rifle. I released the mainspring of course. Like I said, the rifle was very sharp and clean, but I guess I'd interpreted the clean metal and in my faulting memory to having no finish. I mean that there wasn't any dirt or patches of rust on the rifle anywhere and the final firing proof and the left cartouche were perfect. Wlld was unmolested. I'll try to get back up there today and take a picture of it with my camera and retain it along with the serial number that I forgot to copy. I wanted to throw it out to one of you fellows to see if it made a hit in the research books. Just a feeling about it I guess. I've found five hits so far on trapdoors and three on Krags in the past Thanks again guy's for the excellent feedback!
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