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Posted by Steve on Thursday, 28 July 2011, at 5:42 p.m., in response to Re: H&R OFFICERS MODEL SERIAL DATE?, posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 24 July 2011, at 11:47 p.m.

Hi Dick, I appreciate your input and opinion. As far as the sling goes, I would have thought that they would have outfitted the original (and the repro?) with a slng bar and ring like the carbines, but I haven't seen any pictures that showed an OM outfitted in this way. The rifles and cadet models had sling swivels at the trigger guard and barrel bands for sling attachment. I'm certainly no expert, but it seems to me that just about all military rifles and carbines from that time frame utilized slings in one form or another. As a practical matter I would have thought that the Officers Model TD would have some accommodation for mounting a sling as well. So what am I missing here? Is the OM an unusual exception, or did they just get carried exclusively in scabbards or boots? I just have a hard time imagining that they wouldn't be outfitted with a device that would allow them to maintain a hold on their weapon in the event that they fell or somehow lost a firm grip of their rifle, which would probably be a fairly common occurrence in the course of battle. And if they weren't an issue item, I would think that one of the first things a soldier would do would be to rig some sort of device to maintain a hold of their weapon in the event of a fall. I know I would. So something tells me that you or somebody else is going to give me a little education regarding the Officer's Model and how it was secured against loss during battle. Anything else you can tell me about the Officers Model would also be appreciated as well. I haven't seen too much info regarding this model so far, but I'm very interested. As far as the finish goes, I can only tell you that what the previous owner did to the barrel bluing, well, it could only be improved. And removing it and the color case hardening really did improve it substantially, especially the engraving. The engraving actually looks pretty nice now, whereas before it really looked very scratchy and sharp. Maybe they engraved it after they hardened it, causing the engraving to have very sharp edges. I don't know. But I do think that even if I had it reblued the engraving would look better now than it did under the case hardening. And I usually like color case hardening a lot. But like I said, now the engraving looks like a nice old coin, not worn, just not so sharp it gives you a headache. I doubt I'll reblue it, not unless I could send it through a time machine to the Springfield Armory about a hundred and some years ago. I'll either keep polishing it, or I may reach a really fine level of polish and than let nature take over and let it develop a nice patina. I'll tell you one thing though. Removing the glossy wood finish and giving it a couple of rubs with boiled linseed oil is a real improvement to my eyes. The wood is a pretty good quality, and the pistol grip I got from Dixie is a pretty good match for the wood it came with. One more thing about the sling though. If I do add a sling, it will be the hand woven horse hair one I have. It certainly ain't GI, but it sure is a heck of a nice Cowboy sling, and I make no apologies for having a Cowboy Heart!


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