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Re: Rifle to Carbine - Indian work?
Posted by JOhn S. on Wednesday, 4 May 2016, at 12:31 p.m., in response to Rifle to Carbine - Indian work?, posted by Bill Sturcke on Wednesday, 4 May 2016, at 12:15 p.m.
Undoubtedly some Indians did cut rifles down a bit to make them handier, much like palefaces did the same to countless Krags in the 20th century, to use for hunting.
However, the vast majority of "Indian guns" seen on the market today are more likely the work of 20th century palefaces trying to turn a ratty old worthless trapdoor into a much more desirable "Indian gun" usually accompanied by some fanciful stories about reservations and Custer and the like.
In my opinion, the ones with lots of brass (or more often brass plated steel) tacks, and rawhide wrappings are made by con artists and not even worth a close inspection. You can spot those on a table 10 feet away and don't even need to slow down.
A "real Indian gun" will likely show considerable AND UNIFORM age and wear. Repairs and decorations are likely to be minimal. Sights or lack thereof will probably be crude. Buy the gun, not the story, and if that voice in the back of your head keeps whispering "something does not seem right" then listen to it and act accordingly.
The above applies to the "cut downs" not the "star on the stock carbines" which are a specialty all their own, which I will not discuss, other than to say that first they have to be a real carbine.
P.T. Barnum must have been thinking about becoming a gun dealer, because he said "There is a sucker born every minute."
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