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Re: 1873 carbine

Posted by John on Wednesday, 17 May 2017, at 10:42 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 carbine, posted by Reliabilityman on Wednesday, 17 May 2017, at 10:06 p.m.

Sorry, no SRS history on that number. However nearby numbers are carbines so it probably was a carbine at birth. Dick Hosmer may have more info on this one in his files. As far as price and desirability, that is between a willing buyer and willing seller. However, I would expect price to be far less than a carbine from the same general range but with no finish at all, and probably even one with rust and pitting. Individual collectors have varying degrees of acceptable conditions, ranging from purists who settle for nothing less than 90% original blue, others are happy with traces of finish mixed with "original rust" while others want a nice looking gun and are happier with a refinished gun than the one above. What each of our three collectors might be willing to pay will vary greatly.

If a refinished gun will make you happy, pay what you think is a reasonable price and be happy. If you will only be happy with a minty original, save your loose change and eventually you can afford one of those, although the prices may creep up faster than your check book balance.

Enjoy the history,regardless.


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