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Re: Custer Question

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 27 June 2013, at 2:43 p.m., in response to Custer Question, posted by frontierwest on Thursday, 27 June 2013, at 1:06 p.m.

AFAIK, marking of of such items under the control of the regular Army was, basically, not allowed. No such rule applied to the "militia", hence the wide-spread occurance of buttstock marks on M1888RRBs in particular.

Not to say it did not happene in isolated instances, but I do not believe it was ever the norm. My 1885 carbine sling is marked (sorry, not looking at it, so won't attempt to quote precisely) for the 8th Cav, and I have an early 1873 rifle marked 4/K by the buttplate.

What is the serial number of the carbine in question? Perhaps I have something on it.


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