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Re: Custer carbine?
Posted by John on Sunday, 30 September 2012, at 8:40 p.m., in response to Custer carbine?, posted by JOHN peeff on Sunday, 30 September 2012, at 7:52 p.m.
The photos seem to show a plausible carbine, mediocre condition, cleaned a bit but no glaring "restoration." incongruities that jump out to me, but I am sure Dick can give a much better evaluation.
The seller's description is worth some commentary from Dick and others infected with Custer fever as to the numbers cited.
I must warn that "Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades." The ONLY reliable primary source documents are those in the Archives uncovered by Frank Mallory.
His research shows that within +/- 1000 numbers of 18087 the following are listed: 10 rifles and 53 carbines so it must be remembered that not all nearby numbers were not necessarily made as carbines.
Of the 53 carbines listed, their documented usage is as follows: 3rd Cavalry- 6 5th Cavalry- 1 7th Cavalry- 5 9th Cavalry- 3 10th Cavalry- 7 Turned in by/captured from Indians- 14 Misc- 16 (SA museum, transferred from one place to another, but no specific unit noted in the summary).
Serial number 18087 certainly is with in what collectors call the "Custer range" and "could have been there" but it just as well could never have been within 1,000 miles of Little Big Horn, regardless of how much the buyer and/or seller might wish it were so.
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