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Re: "Hotchkiss Carbine" sight on Gunbroker
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 12 February 2014, at 11:36 a.m., in response to Re: "Hotchkiss Carbine" sight on Gunbroker, posted by Ernie Brandt on Wednesday, 12 February 2014, at 10:54 a.m.
Thanks, Ernie - actually, there are several Hotchkiss arms listed at present, pretty normal, but none are the martial versions - and the sights are different. The Winchester commercial arms are much more often seen.
Winchester provided the actions to SA for a limited number of arms which were issued for trial, in two versions. 1st type: two lengths (Army and Navy) of rifle, plus a carbine; 2nd type: Navy rifle and carbine only. There was also a 3rd type (with exposed receiver) made entirely by Winchester, in which I have no interest.
Most 'common' (relatively speaking!) are the Navy rifles. The carbines are both scarce, and the Army rifle is extremely rare.
The martial carbines can be quickly ID'd by their very long fore-stock with nickle-plated cap.
All SA-Hotchkiss arms use the M1879 'Buckhorn' sight, some as-is, some modified.
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