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Re: Model 1878
Posted by Jeff White on Thursday, 12 March 2015, at 12:58 p.m., in response to Re: Model 1878, posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 11 March 2015, at 12:29 p.m.
A little more background on this 1873. The seller is my grandfather's brother-in-law. He purchased the gun in Hershey, PA 10-15 years ago. Both him and my grandfather put a few rounds through it at the time. Is it normal for this gun to still shoot? I've read a few horror stories about firing guns this old.
I have now seen it in person, and it turns out he does have the rod. It was hidden in the picture since it was slotted under the barrel. I don't know anything about these guns so I wasn't aware this would be the case. He does have "a" bayonet and scabbard that fits the gun, though it is extremely rusted and it wasn't purchased with the gun.
I was not able to find "US/Model/ 1884" anywhere on the gun.
The gun has a few other markings: -a "W/M" stamped on the stock -a "U" stamped on both clasps that would've held the missing sling -"V", "P", a symbol, then "P/F" vertically stamped above the block -"A" stamped above the block near the vertical markings mentioned above
I took a lot of pictures and can post them where appropriate if desired.
Any recommendations on how to clean or take apart this gun or whether I should avoid doing both? Definitely want the gun. Since I am purchasing from family, I want to make sure I am paying what it is worth and am not looking to get a steal.
None of us knew anything about this gun prior to looking at your website. I appreciate the information that you have provided and any other info you may have.
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