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Re: Chamber potential issue
Posted by John on Saturday, 2 December 2017, at 11:45 p.m., in response to Re: Chamber potential issue, posted by Art Heikkila on Saturday, 2 December 2017, at 10:36 p.m.
Until about 40 years ago, trapdoors were considered to have little or no collector value, and common as dirt, so a lot got converted to lamps. A light socket could be stuck in the muzzle (with the clever guys actually threading the muzzle to a good fit), and the cord run down through the barrel. A hole drilled in the chamber, sometimes from the front guard screw allowed the cord to come out of the stock reasonable out of sight. Some folks would drill a hole in the buttplate and up through the butt and wrist to the lock area to totally hide the cord.
This was a good trick to make an otherwise undesirable old gun (at that time) something someone would actually buy.
At least these are the sorts of things I encountered in the past conducting autopsies on atrocity victims while salvaging parts from junkers.
Not a mortal sin then, but such molestations are highly frowned on these days!
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