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Re: SN# Model 1884 Round Rod Bayonet
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 29 October 2011, at 12:32 p.m., in response to SN# Model 1884 Round Rod Bayonet, posted by Ed Robinson on Saturday, 29 October 2011, at 12:05 p.m.
Unfortunately, you have made a common, but extremely understandable, mistake in identification.
The "production" model RRB, termed (but NOT so marked) the Model 1888, started around 500000. You have one of those, desirable in that it is still limited production and certainly less common than a plain rifle, but not the great rarity, whose latch and front sight are completely different.
UN-altered M1884s, in approximately the 320xxx range, are VERY rare. Most were rebuilt as M1888s. Such arms are "interesting" but the value would be the same as a regular "as-made" M1888.
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