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Re: 1873 Springfiel trapdoor Carbine Serial Number 786
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 10 June 2012, at 11:39 a.m., in response to Re: 1873 Springfiel trapdoor Carbine Serial Number 786, posted by Michael H. Collins on Saturday, 9 June 2012, at 10:02 p.m.
I was finally able to get to the pictures, and posted some notes. Lots of "issues". Barreled action MAY be right, but it goes downhill from there. Can't really see the muzzle or crown - looks good in some shots, but not in others. Block has been changed. I do not believe that the rare replacement stocks would have had an ESA cartouche.
IMHO, it's an attractive (actually quite attractive) wall-hanger for someone who doesn't know the details, but which falls apart under scrutiny, and is definitely NOT (in this buyer's market) worth the price being asked. $2000 - yes; $4000, no.
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