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Re: 1873 Springfield Carbine or cut down rifle?
Posted by John Cortese on Saturday, 22 January 2011, at 1:48 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 Springfield Carbine or cut down rifle?, posted by Ken Smith on Friday, 21 January 2011, at 7:54 p.m.
Yep, its a cut down rifle. Thanks for all the valuable responses. Question though. According to my mother-in-law, the rifle was in the attic when they moved in over 75 years ago (in the 1930's). Also, the rifle appears to be very professionally altered and you can hardly tell where the stock was filled in where the ramrod was. Also, you can't tell that the barrel was cut down and recrowned. Was it common practice in the old days to cut down rifles to make them appear as carbines? Was it to decieve or was there another purpose? Did carbines have a special significance or value even back then? A history lesson would be appreciated. Thanks.
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