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Re: Cut down Trapdoor
Posted by John on Saturday, 22 January 2011, at 10:49 a.m., in response to Cut down Trapdoor, posted by K. Weeks on Saturday, 22 January 2011, at 8:46 a.m.
The unplugged cleaning rod hole is confirmation that it is a cut down rifle stock, and 99% likely the barrel is also cut down from rifle length. I bet the receiver markings are actually MASS, not M44, as Massachusetts seems to have stamped a lot of their trapdoors with that on the top of the receiver, and also marked bayonets MASS somewhere near the US marking on the blade.
While not worth much as a collector item, it might be a fun shooter, if in shooting condition. However, value should reflect what it is, not what he might think or hope it to be. A nicely done cut down with a good bore is probably worth several hundred dollars, an ugly hack job maybe $200-250 or so for any parts that can be salvaged. I am sure he has seen the Rifleman piece (discussed in another post) and now is convinced that since his looks a bit like the one in the article, his must be worth $2,500, so you may not be able to make a fair offer and remain friends.
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