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1873 Carbine Stock Question.

Posted by Michael H. Collins on Thursday, 17 July 2014, at 9:12 p.m.

I'm looking at an 1873 Carbine in the 177,000 serial number range. It's a strange piece as it has an original Carbine stock It has 6 holes under the trigger group and no monkey business with the fore end tip. It has a long wrist like the early models. The confusing part is that under the butt plate there are two distinct 1/2 inch holes drilled in it about a 1/2 apart. Not the key hole pattern with three intersecting holes. The 2 holes drilled in the stock along with the inletting for the tension spring assembly to accommodate the trapdoor look like non factory attempts. Has anyone seen this before? Or Are there any examples known of two separate 1/2 holes about 1/2 inch apart with tension spring inletting on the heel of the stock ? I'm beginning to think that Bubba may have drilled into a 1st model long wrist stock. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Michael H. Collins


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