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Re: 1866 trapdoor

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 15 May 2011, at 1:31 p.m., in response to 1866 trapdoor, posted by Larry on Sunday, 15 May 2011, at 1:10 p.m.

I posted this on Jouster:

"Main points of a correct one (short 1866 rifle): Barrel will be 36" (+/- 1/16") from tang joint to muzzle. Stock will have two bands properly spaced (19-1/8" from shoulder to shoulder) and will NOT have a band spring patch. Cleaning rod will screw into a keeper, and will be approximately 1-1/8" from muzzle when fully stowed. The stock wrist will be fully proportioned, with NO thinning. I paid $1100 for mine about four years ago and felt that I got a bargain, though the market is much softer now. They are legitimately scarce, but not in high demand. Most examples of 2-banded 1866s are the work of Bannerman et al, and those with the thinned wrists and untouched middle bands look particularly odd."

I'm sure you mean the 1866 is on top of the block? The lockplate date should be between 1862 and 1864. I would not expect to see 1865 on a second Allin, and AFAIK, 1866 does not exist. 1867 does, but is a very special item, used on the Cadet only.


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