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Re: 1873 Carbines

Posted by Michael H. Collins on Friday, 30 September 2011, at 1:57 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 Carbines, posted by David Turner on Friday, 30 September 2011, at 8:55 a.m.

It's good to hear from you guys. The short wrist,no cleaning rod stock is for the narrow receiver. Yes it does have the faint ESA cartouche and the circled P on the bottom. These are the type of inquries I need because of the conjecture in volved. I really don't no how these cartouches were placed on these 250 transitional stocks or when and where they were stamped. Mine definatley has them.

One question that has come up from time to time is: At what serial number should the barrels begin having the P or P's stamped on the bottom and back by the breech? I've been told the even some of the very early barrel's have been known to have a P on the underneath side of the barrel back by the breech. Other's have said that the real early (pre Custer ) Guns should have no Markings. What is the general concensious among those here? Mike


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