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1873 trapdoor svc rifle # 11195

Posted by Cliff Straight on Saturday, 8 September 2018, at 4:10 p.m.

Gentlemen, I have corresponded with several of you several years ago and gleaned some very good information and helpful advice. I am now retired and getting my small collection of 6 rifles prepared for my Grandsons. The problem is that I have Svc rifle #11195 which from what I can ascertain was built in early April of 1874 making it among the very first of production & is correct in every way except for a field replaced stock with no cartouches and has a crack that has been field repaired, and would like to confirm the dating issue, (& possibly obtaining a correct new stock and whether or not it would enhance its value.) Another problem I have is that I cannot get it to hold a cocking position. I have taken it apart and everything seem to be in order but I believe the problem is that I have a weak Sear Spring as it will not push the sear into the slots of the tumbler. Also the hammer screw is broken off in the tumbler and I need to replace that which I have and can do but don't want to do until I can resolve the cocking problem. I also am in the market for several other lock mechanism parts to complete a Junk cut off carbine. Thanks


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