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Re: new to me 1884
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 8 October 2014, at 12:58 a.m., in response to Re: new to me 1884, posted by Ernie Brandt on Tuesday, 7 October 2014, at 9:23 p.m.
It's anyone's guess.
The bulk of Bannerman's stuff seems to be cadets, though the old ads (of many assemblers) show all varieties.
I'd think a bad carbine is more likely the work of a 20th cantury faker.
I'd also doubt that very many carbines are being faked today - we have become MUCH more sophisticated and discriminating, largely thanks to books like Al's,and such pieces are not as easy to move. In the bad old days, anything with a 22'" barrel was a carbine, and the lack of a sling bar wasn't even noticed by some, or, if it was noted, it was accepted as a "possible experimental variant" or some other such tripe.
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