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End of a long search

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 25 January 2011, at 1:06 a.m.

Well, I knew it was bound to happen, sooner or later, but just wasn’t sure quite how it would play out.

Now, thanks to Larry Sunday, my almost thirty-year quest for an 1870 Trials ‘trapdoor’ rifle is over. He tipped me off, privately, last week, that one had shown up at Collectors Firearms in Houston - a dealer whose site I do not frequent because they (usually) know exactly what they have, and price it accordingly. So, without Larry’s input I would probably never have seen it.

Model 1870 rifles are not at all common in any configuration, and are quite often misidentified to boot. Nearly every one offered turns out to be one of the (relatively) common 1868s made in, and dated, 1870.

Condition can also be an issue - really nice M1870s are almost never encountered, at least in my experience out here in California. This one is not minty, but it’s not bad looking nontheless.

In a related vein, I have NOT forgotten the promised Model 1870 survey, but recent events have conspired to put it on the back burner, and it may be there awhile; at least until I can get my computer issues resolved.


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