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Re: RRB Trapdoor Questions
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 20 October 2013, at 10:38 a.m., in response to RRB Trapdoor Questions, posted by John O on Sunday, 20 October 2013, at 9:32 a.m.
Anomalies do occur with that model, some due to the reason you state. There is NOTHING "wrong" about the 1884 vs. 1891 - that is 100% correct, but we would expect to see a low-mid 500000 serial.
The most common oddity is a number in the 320000 range - but that is easy; those guns are the rebuilt M1884 experimentals, and while they may not be worth any more than a straight vanilla M88RRB, they do have a bit of a cachet to them, because original M84XRRBs are so hard to find and are VERY expensive when you do.
The other aberration in numbering (what you have) is a receiver from anywhere in the "wide" range (96300+) which may be OK, as SA is known to have re-used parts, or may not be. if the rifle were assembled outside of the Armory. We just don't know for sure. Such a rifle is probably worth - especially if very nice - the same as a 'vanilla' one, but it might be a bit harder to sell.
I know that is not much of an answer, but, AFAIK, it is as much as anyone can say at this great distance in time.
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