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Re: Trapdoor Carbine Serial Number Check

Posted by John S. on Tuesday, 10 February 2015, at 2:40 p.m., in response to Re: Trapdoor Carbine Serial Number Check, posted by Pete on Tuesday, 10 February 2015, at 2:17 p.m.

Value is between a buyer and seller.

Some might not want it as it is not exactly as it left the Armory. Others might like it as an example of an "evolved" arm which actually saw service.

Tell me, would most people pay more for a ratty M1873 carbine forensically proven to have been at Little Big Horn, or one of the same model with pristine original finish and unblemished wood that was locked in a national guard armory for most of its life?

Or, would some like a trapdoor rifle documented as used by a specific unit during the SAW, but in only VG-fine condition, or a spiffy clean one?

I certainly admire high condition pieces, but appreciate history even more. But, I get somewhat mystified by the "condition collector" who wants all "safe queens" as they too often lack any appreciation of what these old arms were made for, or the men who put all those dings in the lesser condition arms.

A real collector will probably want them all!


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