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1873 Springfield Carbine

Posted by Michael H. Collins on Saturday, 29 October 2011, at 12:31 a.m.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I knew of a local fellow that had a carbine in the 27,XXX range. When I heard this years ago, I wrote down all of the info. As I mentioned on this site a couple of weeks ago, I had made arrangements to visit this fellow and he was going to show me this carbine and a couple of other guns. As usual, I was optimistic when we scheduled an appointment to get together one afternoon about a week ago. While I was on my way down to his place and because he was a little older, I wanted to call and confirm that I was on my way etc. It was then that he told me that he would like to reschedule because he was feeling a bit under the weather so I said "no problem and wished him well and told him I'd call him in a week or two to see if he was up to it" and he said ""that would be fine"...You guessed it. A couple of days ago I was reading the paper after work and saw his obituary. It mentioned his love for history and gun collecting. It's too bad we lost another one.I've learned everything I know about this subject from the guys who are somewhat older than me and have spent thousands of hours with these guys over the years. At 53 now and starting when I was about 6 or 7 with a BB gun then a Winchester model 90 WRF and so on it's who I am. It seems like yesterday I was 17-18 and down at the gun shows sitting at the tables talking with the the guys who were 50 years old and up. Now I am one.

I'm brand new to this sight but I can tell you this, that at 53 I'm eating it up like I did when I was 16.There are so many people like you guys that have years and years of knowledge. Thank you for the answers,the dedication, the research,discussion,books and articles. It has consumed me over the years but like so many of the guys lately someday I'll be gone too.

In one of my last posts regarding this 1873 carbine, I promised to let everyone know how it played out. It goes by soooo fast. Mike


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