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Re: Starred Carbine serial 175729*
Posted by John on Monday, 12 September 2011, at 1:06 a.m., in response to Re: Starred Carbine serial 175729*, posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 11 September 2011, at 10:50 p.m.
And, to some collectors, the militia changes are perfectly legitimate and should stand "uncorrected" so the weapon is in the final configuration in which it was used. Some use the term "evolved" to describe such status, much like flintlocks that were converted to percussion and then used hard during the Civil War, or M1892 Krags updated to M1896, or even the M1884 trial rod bayonet rifles which were later modified to M1888 configuration. Or, Custer range Trapdoor carbines captured by the Indians with all sorts of abuse and ornamentations (real not Bubba fakery).
Of course, others might want nothing to do with them as they are no longer in exactly the configuration in which they left Springfield Armory.
I guess that might be the difference between those interested in collecting "U.S. military arms" and those who collect "Springfield Armory products."
Neither is necessarily right or wrong. In fact, one could argue to their spouse that you really need examples of BOTH!
That's the best part about being a collector, you get to collect what you like!
(Psst- I know two gun collectors who also collect toilet paper! No foolin! But, they must have gotten crazy after they collected guns.)
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