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Re: Cartouche - 2nd Model SA-Hotchkiss carbine
Posted by Bill Rutter on Tuesday, 16 August 2011, at 6:04 p.m., in response to Cartouche - 2nd Model SA-Hotchkiss carbine, posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 15 August 2011, at 1:47 p.m.
Dick, you are in luck. My second model Hotchkiss carbine has the same thing. Never noticed it before. My gun is well-used and the stock appears to have been sanded a long time ago but all of the cartouches are present. On the left side near the top of the plate, I can make out the SWP with a very clear 1881 under it. Can also see the P firing proof in back of the TG. On the right side, also near the top of the plate can see what appears to be three letters in a very flat oval. Definitly no date involved here. The first letter might be and "A" and the third letter an "H" but cannot be sure. So that is two carbines taken at random that have this and I would assume that it might be standard for the entire production. I would say that it might be a sub-inspector's cartouche, perhaps even that of the stockmaker.
Thanks for sharing this with us. Bill
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