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Re: Serial Numbers
Posted by John on Wednesday, 13 July 2011, at 8:01 p.m., in response to Re: Serial Numbers, posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 13 July 2011, at 5:13 p.m.
My recommendation would be to keep the carbine and any one of the rifles.
In my experience, cadets are very difficult to sell, and bring less than comparable condition standard rifles, so I would be inclined to try to sell that one early.
As for 522091, they only made about 65,000 of the rod bayonet rifles (about same number as carbines) and an awful lot of the M1888 rod bayoent rifles seem to have been molested into shooters over the years, so in my opinon they are actually somewhat of a sleeper. Granted they are still seen pretty often, and some in great condition, but the pristine M1884 rifles seem more common than pristine M1888 rifles. Plus, the rod bayonet is sort of cool and marks the end of the breed, so I would be inclined to keep it for those reasons.
Everyone can pick their own favorites.
In fact, isn't it great to be in a position where you have to decide which ones to keep, instead of being "trapdoor deficient" and lusting after even more...
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