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Re: Model1873 Calvary carbine 54xx
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 23 October 2016, at 9:25 p.m., in response to Re: Model1873 Calvary carbine 54xx, posted by Bob on Sunday, 23 October 2016, at 6:54 p.m.
Thanks - would have been so much easier to begin with that.
The gun was most likely assembled in 1874. I have been logging carbines for almost 50 years, from a variety of sources - now have about 1250 recorded out of the 20,073 made. I have noted only five (5) carbines in the 5xxx range, and have strong doubts about two of them. Yours falls between 5261 (one of the ???? pieces) and 5493 - which is likely genuine.
Not sure I understand "carbine vs. Calvary(sic) carbine". while a very few carbines were, from time to time, issued to the Signal Corps, and the Artillery, nearly all carbines made were issued to the various cavalry regiments. I hasten to point out that no guns anywhere NEAR that range have any association at all with the 7th Cavalry, led by G. A. Custer at the Little Big Horn.
Few unaltered examples exist, and a great many have been faked over the years. However, that practice was not in vogue in the 1940s, so, while it still may not be "as made", there is a good chance that that any alterations could well be legitimate. If you want to email me some pictures (firstname.lastname@example.org) I'd be glad to see if I can tell you anything else. My web page - which shows a couple of my early carbines - is: www.picturetrail.com/sa4570af
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