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Re: 1873 Carbines
Posted by John S. on Sunday, 24 August 2014, at 11:53 a.m., in response to 1873 Carbines, posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 24 August 2014, at 10:41 a.m.
Dick- I don't dispute your numbers and will try to reconcile our SRS totals off line.
I took the approach of trying to estimate the number of SRS documented 1873 carbines still in existence and known to collectors, NOT the total number of carbines made. I don't go anywhere near the "Custer issue" question which in the absence of hard documentation is impossible to prove or disprove.
Working with the total of 20,073 carbines made, and your documenting 767 of them as presumably still in existence, that would a a survival rate of about 3% of the total carbine production known to collectors.
You know of 32 existing of the 377 SRS listed numbers (your 377 figure, not my 440+/- number) which would be a survival rate of 8% of SRS documented numbers known to collectors.
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