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Re: trapdoor carbine (not)
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 19 January 2011, at 1:35 p.m., in response to trapdoor carbine, posted by Joe on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, at 7:55 p.m.
Regret to advise that you have a cut-down Model 1868 Rifle, caliber .50-70, made in 1870; not a true carbine. About 5 carbines were made with the long receiver - but I do not believe they were serially numbered, and are all in museums. They did NOT have swivels on the TG. Have no idea why your bore measures as large as you state.
SA made just 341 carbines for the 1870 trials, which resulted in their adoption (actually a continuation) of the Allin system, as the Model 1870. They are quite rare, and have a number of special features. Barrels were made to the same taper as the 1869 Cadet Rifle, and they use the cadet band and trigger guard (no swivel).
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