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Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 29 October 2011, at 11:04 p.m., in response to 1873 MANUFACTURE DATE, posted by DARRYL GRIBBLE on Saturday, 29 October 2011, at 4:42 p.m.

There is a hiccup there, that Al could probably explain better than I.

SA was closed for six months, due to the failure of their appropriations bill to pass in Congress. At roughly the same time, possibly as a consequence of the shutdown, the production accounting method was changed from calendar to fiscal (or vice versa, I can never remember).

The bottom line is that MANY more rifles exist with SWP/1877 stamps than would be expected. The figure of 16, while perhaps "technically" accurate according to one reading of the runes (or owl entrails) is NOT born out by the much greater number of rifles actually found with that stamp.

In other words, don't get too excited! :-)

That being said, the arms from that period are fascinating due to the number of small changes being introduced in rapid succession.


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