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Re: Custer carbine?

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 1 October 2012, at 12:03 a.m., in response to Custer carbine?, posted by JOHN peeff on Sunday, 30 September 2012, at 7:52 p.m.

I'll quote the ad:

"The serial number on this particular carbine is 18,087 and based on this it is strongly believed(1) that this places it within the correct range for a 7th Cavalry Carbine. It's quite possible(2) that this gun was used in the Battle of Little Bighorn! 140(3) authenticated Custer Carbines have been linked to the 16,000-21,000 serial number range.

There are a total of 43 carbines listed in the National Archives and collectors (4) data bases . Only 22(5) Carbines in this key(6) 18,000 serial number range are known to exist today. Carbines in the serial number range are rarely offered for sale and of the 25(7) serial numbers listed in the National Archives only two are known to exist today. Nine carbines from this range have been authenticated as Little Big Horn survivors based on case forensics. An authticated carbine with serial number 20,140 sold for over $250,000(8). This carbine with serial number 18,087 remains untested.

This carbine is being sold by our shop by a internationally recognized scientist, engineer, historian and author(9) who has been collecting historically signicant firearms for over 50 years."

(1) That and $2.00 will buy you a cup of coffee. (2) Hell - there are 40,000 POSSIBLES; we want probables! (3) My bullshit alarm just went off - there are around 70 which have varying degrees of "association" with the 7USC. (4) My database has approx. 1150 entries. (5) I have 56 18xxx carbine numbers, of which at least 27 exist - allowing for possible "problems" (I've not actually seen them all) might cut that to 45-50. (6) 16xxx and 21xxx are better. (7) I thought there were 43? (8) So? (9) I'd like to draw my own conclusions - if he is such a paragon, why hide his light under a bushel?

Now as to the gun - the only definite problem I can see is the sanded wood. The metal looks pretty decent, and actually color-matches better than a LOT of others. Don't see any obviously wrong parts - even the bar is right. A GREAT many early carbines are pimped with late bars and rings.


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