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Modified Model 1873

Posted by Geoffrey Haworth on Tuesday, 4 March 2014, at 7:16 p.m.

Hello all. New tithe world of trap doors. I was hoping for some insight. I'm sure that this information has been discussed before. I have acquired a Model 1873 in fair condition minus the hammer, sites,etc. and it appears to have been sporterised. The overall length of the rifle is significantly shorter than standard issue rifles and is not a carbine variation. Was it common for these rifles to be sporterised? Were there shorter rifles manufactured? I also found vertical stamping consisting of a "P" "~" "3" on the underside of the barrel close to the breech. What do these stamps signify? And lastly, what does the encircled scripted "P" and "3 U" stamp located on the bottom of stock close to the trigger assembly? Any information and/or guidance to other posts with this information would be greatly appreciated.


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