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Re: 1873 Springfield Carbine or cut down rifle?
Posted by FrontierWest on Saturday, 22 January 2011, at 2:28 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 Springfield Carbine or cut down rifle?, posted by John Cortese on Saturday, 22 January 2011, at 1:48 p.m.
My two cents...
From where I have grown up and being friends with many of the western Pioneers children or grandchildren ect. The early altercations of a gun that cost 2 bucks or so, the change was simply for riding a horse or a cheap coyote gun. The cost was nominal back when and an easy decision. Probably not until the 1950 or later was the Custer fixation really in effect and since I live in the middle of that part of the country, may old time family's had guns directly from their descendant, or the issue for protection from the forts. A common practice back when to give the home homesteaders arms for protection. As far as messing up a good gun to make it appear as a collectible... that was done for money of course by many unscrupulous individuals.
I guess we can thank many of them as I'm sure it has driven up the price of an un fooled with carbine or rifle in decent condition. I get them to shoot.. can't shoot it no sense having it, unless that serial number matches some proven documentation! I bought a 1879 era serial number rifle back in the 80's for 225 bucks in excellent condition. Think I've tripled my money if I sell it. Good investment! SHould have purchased more. A decent unaltered carbine was going fo 500-700 at the gun shows here too.. unless it was Custer's! :)
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