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Genuine Carbine - or cut down??

Posted by Doug on Monday, 20 February 2012, at 8:28 p.m.

I was at my local gunshop and saw a 1873 trapdoor carbine. I didn't write down the s/n but think it was 157978. I looked on line when I got home tonight and that looks like an 1881 manufacture date. A year when apparently only 500 carbines were made??? The stock cartouches are very crisp and dated 1875. I did not know about all the other "tells" of a cut-down to look for since I have only been a trapdoor researcher for two days! I will venture back to look at the gun a little more closely later this week.

My question for now is: Would it be reasonable for a stock to be stamped 1875 when the barrel was made in 1881? This date seems too far apart. Are there any more cut-off "tells" to look for besides a hole in the front of the stock for the cleaning rod, strap rings on trigger guards or an R or C on the sight?


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