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Re: Springfield 1884 Experimental Carbine on Gunbroker

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 26 October 2014, at 4:53 p.m., in response to Springfield 1884 Experimental Carbine on Gunbroker, posted by Fox Wood on Sunday, 26 October 2014, at 4:24 p.m.

The only issue(s) would be the rebluing, and how badly it was buffed beforehand (the sight looks a bit rounded-over) and what his reserve might be.

That arm is impossible to fake, short of HAND CARVING a new stock, as it cannot be made from any other model. All proper features appear to be there. He has incorrectly stated the serial number, due to the old issue of not lifting the block, since the correct range is in the 330-340xxx area (mine is 335214).

It is probably worth around 3X his starting price, certainly at LEAST 2X. That seems to the most commonly found of those experimental arms that were made in quantities of 1000, but they are still very scarce.

The correct rods are 9.25" long, which is 1" longer than the standard, so if they are present AND correct(!) you are looking at a little "bonus" of perhaps $250, maybe more. They were new made, not extended by welding, so should be inspected carefully.


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