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H&R and Springfield carbine comparisons

Posted by Ned on Wednesday, 20 May 2015, at 11:42 p.m.

I recently disassembled both my H&R and original Springfield (Ser# 345096) carbines for cleaning and thought it might be interesting to compare them. BTW I'm a shooter, not a collector. I really like shooting my H&R although it has given me some trouble recently with the cam latch failing. The H&R is held by a roll pin which has worn and failed and which I now have to drill out and replace. As most of you know, the "real" latch is a separate item and is screwed onto the block. In any event, it seems like the H&R pieces are generally slightly smaller than the Springfield. For instance, the original lock plate will not fit into the H&R stock, while the H&R "might" fit the original stock with some slack. The original cavalry sling swivel bar will fit the H&R (and looks good) but the H&R doesn't fit the original stock. I once thought about installing an original cavalry butt plate on my H&R carbine (Al objected, I imagine because some body may eventually try to pass it off as an original. I never would)) but anyway the H&R stock is too narrow to accept it. The H&R trigger group fits the original, but the original is too long for the H&R. I still hope to install a Buffington sight with a M1890 on my H&R carbine. My Springfield carbine, rifle and cadet all have Buffington rear sights. I have an H&R Officer's Model which is clearly a fake, but I like to think that my Great Grandfather, an Army surgeon on the frontier might have had an original. He loved shooting. I know H&R's get "poo-pooed" but they are useful and fun, and serve some of us. Hope this interests someone. Ned


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