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Trapdoor Carbine Md. 1884

Posted by Tom on Sunday, 19 January 2014, at 9:09 a.m.

Hey, Y'all:

Pat Wolf was kind enough to clue me in to this site.

I have a Md. 1884 Carbine in my lap, Sr# 156581. It has S. W. Porter's 1889 cartouche stamped into the stock and "V, P, Eagle head , P" stamped on barrel just ahead of the receiver. Directly on top of the barrel, forward of the receiver, is stamped "A".

Buffington rear sights.

A "U" is stamped on the left side of the barrel band.

The only "modification" to the carbine that I know of is that my dad had a new front sight blade pinned in by a gunsmith some 40-50 years ago (I understand that it needs to be filed down to spec).

Where do I go from here?

My old dad, who is now into "less is more", took it off the wall and gave it to me this past Christmas...

I shot at a deer with it once when I was a kid. All I know about the carbine is that I missed the deer by a mile (I, later, got the deer w/ a 257 Robt).

Still, I am fascinated. I would like to learn more about the gun.

It's history, value... etc.

I am now reading the Joe Poyer's book and the J.S and Pat Wolf book...

Is there anybody out there, in here, that can help me out?

Right now I am interested in authentication and value, as I have read some about a mish-mash hybrids thrown together from bastard parts...

And... I want to take it apart and clean it up some. Eventually I'd like to reload some ammo that actually duplicates the original.

Thank You to anyone who can help.

Tom

tobiasjobes@verizon.net


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