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Posted by rick baker on Monday, 26 January 2015, at 6:17 p.m.
Just got home after stopping at a local pawn/gun store. The first of 2 rifles I looked at has a serial # of 337619 and stamped on the receiver is 1884. The rifle is in rough shape and thinking it was probably a Bannerman I didn't pay too much attention to it but am curious as to any SRS hit.
The second is a bit more interesting. It's stamped 1866 on the receiver where the serial # would normally be so no serial #. The lockplate is stamped 1864 and does not appear to be inset into the stock but raised up from it maybe 3/32 with a beveled edge, (same as seen on top of page 15 of Al's book). There was no stacking swivel. There is an eagle head stamped by the tang.
A quick look through Al's book does not show either the rear sight or cleaning/ram rod that are on this rifle. The rod ends with a rather bulbous tip compared to other cleaning rods and the rear sight looks like it flips up (about 1 inch) with 2 holes in it to sight through.
The stock is pretty dinged up but no major cracks visible. There are no cartouches firing proofs etc. other than a large number 50 stamped on the side of the stock close to the butt plate. The barreled action at some point had been painted black, probably quite some time ago as most of the paint has worn of of the barrel and is mostly visible from the rear sight back. Even the interior of the receiver was painted! As I said, I suspect that this is a Bannerman or other Bubba but would like confirmation. It probably won't make much difference anyway as they seem pretty proud of it and I'm not currently looking to buy another trapdoor now unless it's a great deal.
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