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Re: Dick's Records on 1873 Carbines
Posted by Rick Baker on Saturday, 19 December 2015, at 10:59 a.m., in response to Dick's Records on 1873 Carbines, posted by Michael H. Collins on Saturday, 19 December 2015, at 1:22 a.m.
Michael, Could it possibly be that instead of being Indian markings these may all be Texas Ranger markings. If the 18 possess almost identical markings could they not have been marked by the same ranger before distribution to a group of rangers to identify these arms as belonging to the Rangers? The other two could have been marked by individual rangers later, perhaps on replacement rifles. It's not much of a stretch to connect the Lone Star State and a star on a carbine. The flaw to this theory would be that statistically speaking at least one of the two rifles marked with the slightly different stars should probably have been marked like the other 18. By the way, kudos for finding 2 rifles not found in the SRS archives. RB
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