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Re: Interesting Trapdoor Carbine.

Posted by Paul Eshleman on Thursday, 10 October 2013, at 8:28 p.m., in response to Re: Interesting Trapdoor Carbine., posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 10 October 2013, at 7:43 p.m.

Ok lets discuss the 1xxxx carbine. Everything is correct to it being a early 1873 Carbine. Somehow it got out of the hands of the army. Was it a Indian capture? I would think the rawhide fix on the wrist would indicate it was. Obviously someone didn`t want this Carbine traced so they removed the S/N. Has anyone on here saw a Carbine with the S/N removed? I went back to the pawn shop to see if they would give me the name of the person who pawned it and they wouldn`t tell me. It`s interesting that it turned up in a pawn shop in Billings, MT. My guess is it was setting in some closet for decades and the owner died and whoever found it didn`t know what they had or what it my be worth so they just pawned it. They were asking $900 for it and they let me have it for $700. I used the terrible shape it was in and the missing S/N to my advantage and they dropped the price. ???Probably never know the answer....if only it could talk. Whatever the history its still a neat Carbine to have in my collection. If anyone else wants to see some pics let me know. Paul Eshleman


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