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Re: Altered Trapdoors

Posted by John S. on Thursday, 24 July 2014, at 9:37 p.m., in response to Altered Trapdoors, posted by JH on Thursday, 24 July 2014, at 5:17 p.m.

Jeff- As far as I know, these arms simply do not have enough collector interest to inspire anyone to dig too deep into that field. It is sort of a case of seeing that is it not an armory configuration product and deciding "Aw, shucks, what idiot butchered this gun? Let's go find a good one for my collection."

I would not be surprised, however, if George Moller covers these in his monumental and as yet unfinished definitive study on American Military Shoulder Arms. He touches on some of the Whitney .58 caliber guns in Volume 3 which deals with Civil War arms, which leads me to think he may include similar items in whatever volume eventually ends up covering trapdoors.

Al Frasca probably knows as much about these "Frankenfield" arms as anyone, and maybe he can tell us more. (Or steer ut to a page in his superb books where he already covered the subject.


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