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Re: Article in Man At Arms

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 24 August 2011, at 4:40 p.m., in response to Re: Article in Man At Arms, posted by Larry Weinbrenner on Wednesday, 24 August 2011, at 3:38 p.m.

The first issue/question being that there just AREN"T ANY (repeat ANY) other carbines from anywhere NEAR that s/n range.

Something is beginning to smell here, but we need to be EXTREMELY careful, as some VERY decent and upstanding people have, for better or worse, had their names mentioned in the story, which is a bit of a two-parter: (1) Is the gun real? (2) How good is the match?

I have neither the knowledge, equipment, or specialized education/experience to take on the matching question, other than to say that if the match is no more apparent than in the one published picture, a great disservice has been done. Let's see some large-format high magnification, split images! I am concerned that the narrative refers back and forth at random between "cases" and "cartridges". And, unless I have been totally misled, are not HALF of the (totally amazing) 36 supposed matches, physically the latter?

As to the gun - in addition to the serial number, I have questions as to patina, the barrel band, some apparent stock inletting anomalies, etc.

I'll be especially concerned if the gun shows up soon at auction with a monstrous estimate, based on the publication of the article in question.


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