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Re: Indian 45-70 Carbine

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 16 October 2014, at 10:43 a.m., in response to Re: Indian 45-70 Carbine, posted by Rich Allen on Thursday, 16 October 2014, at 7:29 a.m.

Hope you did not feel we were being overly harsh. I, at least, share your feeling about "perfect" guns - they can be very pretty but have no history. However, I draw MY line a little closer to home - i.e., regardless of condition, I want the arm to be in proper, or at least believable, configuration for period of use. Once it has been dicked with by civilians, I lose all interest. Personally, movie guns do not excite me, but that's just me! Your project to find out where it was used will be a challenge.

As to your technical questions, yes on all counts. That is some sort of bastardization of a musket or 1866 sight, lockplates were dated 1873 from 1 up to around 75000 and (very) sporadically in later years as parts were cannibalized. The carbine band was originally plain, but from 1874 to 1877 it did have a swivel.


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