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Re: Carbine # 137119

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 31 October 2014, at 12:59 a.m., in response to Re: Carbine # 137119, posted by David Wrikeman on Thursday, 30 October 2014, at 10:29 p.m.

Glad to try and help. Mysteries can be fun.

The barrels never changed. Receivers below 96300 are flush with the barrel, those above that number are slightly wider. You should have a small step, just barely noticeable in the wood and only felt by running your finger along the side at the joint of the metal parts.

Regarding your anomaly sentence - I'm sure you meant to say block since receivers don't have arches - that feature is on the block, and narrow blocks are found with BOTH styles of arch, while the wide block is low-arch only.

Are the gas escape cuts very shallow and in the middle of the sidewalls, or very sharp and quite close to the rear? What is the shape of the cut below the hinge pin - squared, or rounded? Is the serial number properly stamped, and in in the correct font?

That receiver is way too high for a Bannerman put-togther in the fraudulant heydays of the early 1890s. There has to be some other explanation, but I do NOT believe that SA EVER renumbered guns. SRS is no help here, since that number occurs (a) in a black hole in the data and (b) apparently, from the tiny number of close listings, right on the edge between a rifle and carbine fabrication block.

There is a real problem here - we just haven't figured out what it is. Some sort of photo review will likely be required. I'd be glad to look at whatever pics you might care to send. richardahosmer@comcast,net


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