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Mod 1873 Firing Pin

Posted by ClydeP on Thursday, 7 January 2016, at 12:40 a.m.

My father bought a Mod 1873 in the late '30s in a pawn shop in Boston just before he came home to New Mexico from boot camp. He said it never did shoot because the firing pin was broken. He gave it to me about 11 years ago just before he died.

Tonight, I disassembled the firearm and sure enough, broken firing pin. So, the serial number is 82211 making its production date in 1878. I see there are different pins available, which one do I need?

Also, there are a couple cracks in the stock. One small one beside the keeper for the breech block pin and a larger one (about 1/8" or less thick, 3/4" wide, 2" long) on the right side of the tang. I am thinking I could "fix" those with careful application of some Gorilla Glue for wood. But, I am very hesitant on that. The rest of the stock looks nice.

Anyway, I am just now starting to work on making this thing shoot. It was something my Dad always wanted to do but, did not know where to start.


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