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Re: Custer 'rifle'

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 11 July 2017, at 10:46 p.m., in response to Re: Custer rifle, posted by mike on Tuesday, 11 July 2017, at 9:37 p.m.

How long is the barrel of this "rifle". If used by the cavalry, they are called "carbines" and the barrel length is 22". 29XXX is NOT a "hot" carbine range - it falls exactly in between the second and third production blocks.

I have reviewed my serial number list (please understand that only about 5% of the records have survived) and did not find anything for that number, which could be either a rifle (32-5/8" barrel) or a carbine. However, there are NO 7th Cav issues nearby, at all. The Indian could have been telling your grandpa what he thought he wanted to hear. Trapdoor collecting was not sophisticated in the 1920s!

I'd have to see good clear pictures of the arm (which cannot be posted here) before rendering any opinion as to originality or possible value. Fell free to email me at


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