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Re: Early M73 Breech Blocks

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 9 October 2012, at 9:21 p.m., in response to Re: Early M73 Breech Blocks, posted by Al Frasca on Tuesday, 9 October 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

Al,

I hate to stir the pot again - and I'm not sure from the photo angle, but it APPEARS like you used a low comb block for the top one, and a high comb block for the bottom. That is fine, but, be aware that BOTH types of scallop can be found on LOW comb blocks.

John, the hammers are nominally the same, but the height of comb WAS increased.

Pete, yes, we ARE speaking of the side scallop on the comb - the early one is a simple shallow arc, while the later style (and I have to say I have seen more pronounced examples than Al's sample) is decidedly triangular in motif, with a tight little curl at left top and straight diagonal down to the right (front) end.

I also think I'd use some (any!) other term in place of arch - that could lead to all sorts of false rabbit trails.


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