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Re: For Dick: LBH SN#13814...

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 21 April 2011, at 8:31 p.m., in response to Re: For Dick: LBH SN#13814..., posted by steven gabrielli on Thursday, 21 April 2011, at 2:57 p.m.

That gun has been personally vetted by one of the premier collectors of early carbines, Herb Spalla. We discussed it in August of 2008. My notes show that it was once for sale at Amoskeag, and that the stock was a fake. When I looked at the pictures earlier today (and before reviewing my registry)I did not like two things:

(1) The comb profile is not correct. That, per se, does not disqualify (it COULD simply be the smoothing over of a gouge), but then

(2) That gun could be the poster child for the "swivel band syndrome". Band has swivel = stock has divots. Band has no swivel = stock has no divots. Break the rule either way (13814 has swivel, but no divots) and you've got the result of a swaperoo.

Add to that - if, as we are to believe - the carbine is straight from the Indians down through one family. how did the hammer get changed, and, most damning of all, why is the breechblock the later high comb version?

The gun is, IMHO, at BEST an assemblage of parts, and not worth anywhere NEAR what is being asked. It should be noted that in 40 years I've logged only six (6) 13xxx carbines, including that number, and one of those was a mixmaster from Nevada, while another had clearly been heavily refinished. AFAIK, that's pretty much a mostly-rifles range.

I could go on . . . . . . . .

Someone who knows Mr. Salter might want to speak with him - I understand that he is very honest and has a very good reputation, but, no one can be an expert in everything,and that "carbine" would make it past a lot of folks.


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