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Re: Carbine buttplate
Posted by John on Monday, 8 October 2018, at 10:28 a.m., in response to Carbine buttplate, posted by Thomas Jacobson on Monday, 8 October 2018, at 7:00 a.m.
The 1877 and later carbine buttplates includes the trap for access to cleaning rods stored in the butt. The parts for the trap extend past the limits of the rifle buttplate, including the flat spring on the underside of the tang and the screw holding it, and the large stud for the trap which extends through the buttplate serving as the axis for it to rotate. The stud extends about 1/4" on the inside of the buttplate and the flat spring rests against it to hold it in the closed position.
So, with these extra fiddly bits on the inside, the carbine buttplate will not fit on most rifle stocks. (The exception being the rod bayonet Model 1888 and a few trials rifles which included a trap in the butt and used carbine buttplates.) But, rifle buttplates without the trap will fit fine on the stocks made for carbines or other models using trap type buttplates.
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