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Re: Model 1873 Four-digit serial number
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 29 August 2013, at 3:32 p.m., in response to Model 1873 Four-digit serial number, posted by jimford on Thursday, 29 August 2013, at 11:54 a.m.
Not "unusual" to begin with, unless you want to consider the simple numerical fact that such guns comprised less than 2% of the total production (8900 out of 568000). Their ranks are further diminished by the 1879/80 recall of all arms under 50000, which, of course, did NOT net all specimens. So, it's more of a curiosity than a rarity - though I'm sure some people would pay a premium, all else being equal. I once owned 8149, but kept 12313 for my "early 1873" example, it being in nicer condition.
Of course, if the gun has been "upgraded", then the 'cachet' is forever lost. It should have a long-wrist stock, coarse-checkered hammer and two-notch tumbler, crossed arrows breechblock, "1873" dated lock-plate, no visible barrel proofs, a stepped rear sight mounted with slotless screws, a knurled head cleaning rod, and a one-piece front sight.
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