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Re: "Experimental" 50-70s

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 1 December 2013, at 7:50 p.m., in response to "Experimental" 50-70s, posted by Todd Smith on Sunday, 1 December 2013, at 6:40 p.m.

Actually there were four .50-55 carbines on trial, the Allin, Remington, Sharps, and Ward-Burton, though "your" unit apparently had none of the latter. Approx. 300 of each were made. The Allin and Ward-Burton can be found, the Remington is VERY rare, and the Sharps is non-existant (all are believed to have been rebuilt as sporting/hunting arms). The Allin, of course, became the Model 1870 trapdoor. 1000 rifles of each design were also made. You can see examples of all four rifles, and two of the carbines, at my web page:

We should probably talk.


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