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Re: What does a circle R
Posted by al Frasca on Sunday, 16 October 2011, at 6:31 p.m., in response to What does a circle R, posted by frontierwest on Sunday, 16 October 2011, at 4:53 p.m.
The circled R was used as a firing proof by Bannerman and by Providence Tool Company when they assembled about 5,000 early carbines for parts. These guns usually have the ESA/1877 cartouche in an oval. The cartouche is larger than normal and the eight is closed on top and the one has a top and bottom seriff.
The Bannerman guns may have everything else that looks normal, but sometimes a large oval cartouche with a script P that looks a lot like a script T is found in the normal location.
the letter or letters behing the trigger plate are the stock inspector's initials or his code letter.
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