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Re: Springfield carbine

Posted by John S. on Thursday, 21 August 2014, at 10:18 p.m., in response to Springfield carbine, posted by Rich Crouthamel on Thursday, 21 August 2014, at 10:04 p.m.

Rich- You may do better to keep checking the listings on the "classified" page on this site. Be patient and find one that you like. Descriptions will be accurate and prices reasonable. Much of the stuff in the on-line auctions is misrepresented or badly described, so be careful where you shop.

By the way, you may also want to consider a M1873 and 1879 rifle, and one of the M1888 rod bayonet rifles. Then, of course, you will absolutely have to have one of the Model 1880 triangular rod bayonet rifles and one of the 1884 trials rod bayonet rifles.

Don't forget cadet rifles- there are several of those. Oh, and a 20 GA "forager" shotgun.

At that point you will be as obsessed as many of us here, and discover another half dozen or score more variations that you need.

However, the very next purchases should be, before you buy another gun- some good books. Al Frasca's two volumes are essential. Dick Hosmer's excellent book on the .50 and .58 rifles is highly recommended. Poyer's book on .45-70 rifles also published by North Cape is not one that I am fond of, but some people like it.

Happy collecting!


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