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Re: Experimental Carbine
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 22 August 2011, at 9:51 p.m., in response to Experimental Carbine, posted by Ernie Brandt on Monday, 22 August 2011, at 7:59 p.m.
That might be on its' second week, but I don't believe I've seen it (much) before that. There were a couple that stayed for a LONG time, a few months (years?) back, including the one offered by Fizzy Lifting Products!
The good thing about that model is that it is almost impossible to fake - the stock involved is either real, or hand-carved. So, it gets down simply to price vs. condition. That one appears refinished to me, but it is not unattractive, and not exorbitantly priced. Collectors in Houston would start it higher, I'm sure.
Interesting that he misdescribed the lockplate - kinda like he typed from his reference material without looking at his own gun. While I'd prefer an undated plate, I do not believe that would have bothered SA at all, on an experimental piece. It wasn't the plate that was under test.
I've been at this long enough to remember that people used to say that this model, and the M1884XRRB, were supposed (from their production period) to have 1884-dated blocks - NOT! We've learned quite a bit over the last 40 years, really since 1980, when the first good books (including Frasca-Hill) came out.
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