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Posted by Bob Bryson on Thursday, 6 June 2013, at 3:07 a.m.
Knowing that there are countless possibilities in utilization of lock plates, sights, and breech block I observed the following combination on a rifle serial number 398,xxx (sorry trying to remember too much info forgot last 3 digits but know first 3 are right).
1873 marked lock plate; 1884 marked breechblock; 1879 R marked rear sight; 1887 stock cartouche
Barrel was marked VP and the only other marks I observed in about a 5 minute look see under great light and with flashlight were the US on buttplate, P cartouche where it should be and the U marked bands.
The lockplate and rear sight raised red flags with me based on several conversations I think I remember on this board. But I'm armed with enough knowledge gleaned from here to be absolutely dangerous and certainly don't want to get way in over my head.
Overall the wood is in Good+ condition with typical dents/dings but no cracks. And the metal, including sights, has fine pitting overall in a pretty consistent pattern that would lead me to believe that it had been together a long time. I'd be generous in rating metal a Fair+
I don't really need another 1884 rifle in a lesser condition that what I already have but I have extra $$ right now and it's either continue in the 19th Century American arms or move up to the black rifles. (Don't have anything particular against the black rifles. I carried one for most of the 23 years I wore a green suit but they just don't speak to me.)
Assuming I can get the $$ down around $400-500 do you think it would stand on it's own or should I wait around for something more plausible to show up? Gun shop guy has a ticket of $700 on it.
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