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Re: Starred Serial Carbine in Your Book

Posted by J. R. Winter on Saturday, 19 April 2014, at 9:33 p.m., in response to Re: Starred Serial Carbine in Your Book, posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 19 April 2014, at 6:42 p.m.

Actually, it was a common practice later in the production of some US military arms to place a symbol next those duplicate serial numbered.

When I first perused the listing of over 100 serial numbers under the heading mentioned it didn't occur to me that only 24 would be actual starred receivers and that that was the meaning of the asterisk. That's a disappointingly small sampling.

I've had a lot of trapdoor carbines since the late 50's when I bought my first for something like $15, which to a kid earning $1/Hr. wasn't cheap. With the exception of a very few, the rest typically showed signs of hard use. I sold one of the latter (which had excellent documentation) to Sandy Vandenberg at Tucson about twenty years ago and I'm sure he kept the docs, so someone else will be able to enjoy it. Anyway, this one's a keeper.

The search continues, thanks for the input.

Happy Easter,



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