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Re: SN 188663
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 12 January 2014, at 7:37 p.m., in response to Re: SN 188663, posted by W. R. Smith on Sunday, 12 January 2014, at 5:59 p.m.
Not rebuilt per se, but, during 1881-82 some "second line" (expense charged to "arming and equipping the militia") weapons, mainly carbines, were assembled using a blend of old (hammers, lockplates, trigger guards, furniture, etc.) and new (stocks, actions, barrels) parts. The old parts were those taken from the under 50,000 serial turn-ins of 1879-80. Even though the mixed-part arms bear regular SWP/date cartouches, they were not counted as new production - leading to an anomaly in the numbering process. No star and non-star "duplicates" have ever been presented. They are an interesting historical hiccup, but not rare, or any more (or less) valuable that a "regular" carbine.
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