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Re: Trapdoor carbines by the numbers
Posted by John S. on Thursday, 21 August 2014, at 11:49 a.m., in response to Trapdoor carbines by the numbers, posted by Paul Eshleman on Thursday, 21 August 2014, at 11:05 a.m.
The SRS database includes a total of 440 entries for "1873 carbines" ranging from serial number 25 to 48,482. A few may be repeat entries for different reports of the same number.
How many of those 440 (+/-) listed numbers listed still exist in more or less original configuration is probably a very small number. My guess would be no more than 5-10%, or 22-44 guns. I would further speculate that a quarter to half of those are not known to collectors, but located in obscure attics, barns, small museums, owned by "shooters" etc.
The total number of "Custer range" carbines is obviously much larger than the 440 with SRS data, but survival rate is (in my opinion) likely to be about the same.
One final guess is that about half of all the currently existing "Custer range carbines" known to collectors are nowhere near original, ranging from crude "restorations" to outright fakes and cut downs passed off as Custer guns.
Now, Dick will probably tell us what he has discovered from actual research, instead of my speculation.
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