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Re: Long Wrist Custer era 1873 Carbine listed
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 26 January 2012, at 1:47 a.m., in response to Long Wrist Custer era 1873 Carbine listed, posted by Michael H. Collins on Thursday, 26 January 2012, at 12:56 a.m.
From a quick revisit (it has been there for several months) the hammer (with oval-bordered checkering) and breechblock (with high comb) are NOT original to the gun - period. Also, the stock lacks the little dings from the swivel band.
From everything I've heard, Salter is an honest man, as witness his clarity on the hammer, but I'm not sure that US military items are his strong point, and, in this case, I believe he is guilty of climbing onto the Custer bandwagon. I don't like that his story rather implies a virgin find - when the gun clearly isn't. Neither the Indians, nor ranchers, maintained a stock of parts for upgrading!
Not saying it isn't an original carbine, but the 13xxx range IS pretty thin, and I'd certainly want to give that gun a REALLY thorough check - plus, I think it is considerably overpriced considering the condition.
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