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Re: My "new" carbine for Dick Hosmer
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 12 April 2018, at 1:40 a.m., in response to Re: My "new" carbine for Dick Hosmer, posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 11 April 2018, at 2:30 a.m.
The arm in question (20614) came from the shop of the late Keith Rush of Trapdoors Galore in Las Vegas.
The stock appears to be original but shows considerable damage repair. It now has a proper M73 carbine sight, fastened with slotless screws, but when KR had it for sale, for $4550, in 2003, it was fitted with the rifle variety. The ring is old, the bar is post 1877. The front sight is at best repaired, at worst faked - workmanship is not up to SA quality. The muzzle does not look bad, but the barrel MIGHT have been retapered, just cannot say.
There is one feature I've never seen before - there are suspicious blotches in the barrel metal ahead of the receiver, on the left side. I believe they are the remains, welded-up, and polished over, of the inspection marks on a later barrel!!
This came from a Rock Island auction - I would think they have some culpability. I do not like auction houses, they make money from BOTH sides on the same deal - there is an added fee for everything.
As you all know, my opinion of KR & TG was/is VERY low. A real waste of skin and oxygen - he knew his stuff and could have made an honest living - but greed got in the way, and his became a venue to avoid.
I also feel some responsibility, since despite all of my published caveats, and with what may have been an erroneous notatation on my s/n list, this arm was purchased by an unsuspecting individual who deserves better.
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