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Model 1884 Carbine

Posted by Art Todd on Monday, 7 July 2014, at 8:27 p.m.

I recently acquired a model 1884 carbine, serial number 379016. It has an 1890 Buffington sight protector barrel band. The stock has an feint but readable 1889 SWP cartouche and a feint circle P firing proof. Immediately behind the trigger bar is a "X" stamped into the stock on top of an O ahead of the circle P. The stock exhibits staining consistent with the various metal components that are currently part of the gun, indicating they have been together for a very long time. Given that the serial number appears to be quite a bit earlier than the 1889 stock cartouche is it possible that the stock is original to the gun or is it more likely that it all came together as a result of an arsenal refurbishment? thanks in advance for any thoughts anyone has.


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