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Re: 1870 Carbine question
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 5 November 2016, at 8:17 p.m., in response to 1870 Carbine question, posted by D. Miller on Saturday, 5 November 2016, at 10:50 a.m.
It has always been apparent - as confirmed by by the recent excellent article - that the M1869 parts bins definitely donated to the M1870C project.
I only had one specimen (my own) to measure for my book. My barrel has been re-crowned, and the front sight was replaced, so no muzzle setback data was available. Barrel lengths are not always exactly 22" either.
I do not believe that a difference of 0.004" inches would be considered a defect on a production carbine, let alone a trials piece, especially since there is no requirement for accepting a bayonet.
So far as varying front sights, one cannot lose sight of the fact that these arms are VERY rare, and have undoubtedly been faked. I have agonized for years over doing "something" with my front sight, but have never put file to metal. What is there is ugly, but my feeling is that a faker would likely have tried to do a better job, so, have just let it be. The rest of the carbine is absolutely impeccable - no excuses.
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