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Re: Starred Serial Carbine in Your Book
Posted by J. R. Winter on Saturday, 19 April 2014, at 4:25 p.m., in response to Re: Starred Serial Carbine in Your Book, posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 19 April 2014, at 12:40 p.m.
I may have lost the message I was sending, so here goes again:
The carbine is serial 139170 and is all correct down to the 1880 cartouche. Original bluing would rate at least 90%, the case on the breechblock has darkened and the hammer screw is slightly buggered. Bore is about perfect and the wood has its original finish. The only upgrades I can find are the minty 1883 front sight protector and a "SC" surcharge by the "US" on the buttplate tang. Essentially, the only evidence that this carbine was ever issued consists of minor handling marks.
I've traded with Red for about twenty years and showed him the carbine at the Tulsa show. As I recall, he liked it a lot. If there's a starred carbine in existence with the same number as mine, it may support my contention that all the only significance of the star was to indicate a duplicate serial number. Fun stuff!
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