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Re: New Acquisition..Model 1873 1st Model Carbine
Posted by Michael H. Collins on Tuesday, 1 May 2012, at 6:23 p.m., in response to Re: New Acquisition..Model 1873 1st Model Carbine, posted by Bob Meyer on Tuesday, 1 May 2012, at 9:44 a.m.
Please leave the casing in the chamber,save the shavings from the desperate soldier trying to dig out the shell in the heat of the battle with his knife. Don't clean it,don't oil it,don't take it apart. Do not attempt to fix the stock.Do not fire this gun or even think about it. Personally I wouldn't even handle it without soft gloves and then only rarely. Have a glass enclosed case made for it and research the hell out of it.
How's that for a high horse lecture? Nice, Nice item..Fun to talk about and listen to the others.It's a rare find and right off the prairie too.
I just received Springfield trapdoor Carbine Serial Number 15,812 today. It looks great. Long wrist,short comb,2 click tumbler,ESA (faint on stock) no date. No barrel markings,correct lock,hammer,breech and trigger group.No holes in Stock,correct butt plate. Correct rear sight and screws. It looks to have never been off the gun. Front sight stud is correct but the blade is like a half moon rocky mountain style pinned in a long time ago. The brass is very dark and cruddy.Stacking swivel present.6 holes under the trigger guard. No other distinguishing features other than just the normal wear and tear. 4 Grand. Bob, you can really hurt a guy's feelings. Sincerely, Michael H. Collins
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