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Re: 1873 Carbines
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 30 September 2011, at 10:39 a.m., in response to Re: 1873 Carbines, posted by David Turner on Friday, 30 September 2011, at 8:55 a.m.
Very good point - thanks for catching it!
Also, of course, the low number cited nearest 36286 last night should be 36269.
Interesting that three previously "unknown" carbines should turn up all together - just goes to show what is still out there. Around 20,000 were made - usual rule of thumb for survival of 19th century military items is 20% (and I'd think TD carbines would tend to be a bit lower) which would be, say, 3,000 or so. Of the 1100 numbers I've logged over 40+ years, nearly 700 were from existing specimens. And, some of the "historical" citings probably still exist also, but we just don't know where they are.
What I have is scheduled for publication in the second half of the book I'm working on. Interestingly, Bruce Canfield's new book on US bolt actions contains SRS listings, so that hurdle may no longer exist - I'm checking now - some sort of precedent has apparently been set.
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