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Re: Possible New Carbine Number for Dick
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 23 April 2017, at 6:15 p.m., in response to Re: Possible New Carbine Number for Dick, posted by jay call on Sunday, 23 April 2017, at 4:47 p.m.
I am VERY skeptical of ANY early carbine, and I would not buy a high-dollar gun without seeing it. There are far too many bad adventures that any given gun, today, might have survived - to one degree or another - over the last almost 150 years, during long portions of which when the guns were considered nearly worthless, and fair game for any form of abuse. Have you ever looked in your cabinet and said "and just where were you in 1900? 1920? 1940? 1960?(getting dicey) 1970? (danger Will Robinson, danger) 1980? (getting safer now since the good books came out).
That said, condition is the LAST thing I would look for in an early carbine. Lack of cartouche (assuming, upon inspection, that the stock was real) would be of zero concern, so long as the stock exhibited sufficient wear to have obliterated same. The first thing I look for is uniformity of finish/color/patina/wear, etc., and lack of any up-dated parts. A nice stock without marks would bother me. A nice stock with crappy metal, or vice-versa, is troubling if not deal-breaking. Mixed metal color - ditto.
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