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Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 29 July 2011, at 12:50 a.m., in response to Re: H&R OFFICERS MODEL SERIAL DATE?, posted by Steve on Thursday, 28 July 2011, at 5:42 p.m.

Original M1875 OMs did NOT have slings, of ANY sort. From that aspect, the H&R is a true copy.

Ernie is correct, and while I would not say that an OM was never carried in harm's way, that was most certainly NOT their prime use. Of course, one did not have to be an officer to own one, but the cost was quite high - sufficiently so that most were well-cared for, and proportionately speaking, most have survived, I'd guess on the order of 50-75%, which is WAY WAY above the rate for regular service arms.

If you track the auction circuit, you will very quickly see that the ONLY thing it takes to own an OM is money - and plenty of it. They are not "rare" in the accepted sense of the word. Look, and you WILL find one. But, get a yen for something else that really IS rare, and the story will be very different.

If you just HAVE to have a sling, can you arrange to fasten it through the trigger bow, and around the barrel? That would give you the function, without putting strange holes in the gun - yes, I know it's a repro, so who cares? FWIW, I will tell you that a sling (of any type) on an OM (of any make) would be a definite deal-breaker for me, and I suspect I'd not be alone.

However, it's YOUR rifle, and YOUR $$$, so guess what, it's YOUR choice! Enjoy, no matter what you do.


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