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Re: fire arms experts needed....

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 27 January 2011, at 12:14 p.m., in response to Re: fire arms experts needed...., posted by FrontierWest on Thursday, 27 January 2011, at 11:21 a.m.

Yes, those are all in my temporary care. A lot of vacations not taken, and skipped lunches there, at least in the early years. :-) Glad you enjoyed browsing - I'm way behind on my picture-taking.

I do not know what happened to the equipment after the trials. I'd ASSUME that unsucessful items (since there would be no ongoing support available for maintenance and breakage) were returned, while the winners might have stayed in service, though that is only a theory.

The 1870 is a very interesting model. One of the reasons that I do not subscribe to Al's theory of M68 blocks in the trials rifles, is that - absent that feature, WHAT would they have been "testing"? And, since the carbines DID have new blocks, WHY not the rifles? Makes NO sense to me, to have them being made in two different ways, in response to a single order to produce arms for field trial.

My latest acquisition has the 1870 block, but (from the pictures) it appears to have the word "Model" which it should not - even though it is a PERFECT match to the receiver. I wonder if any blocks could have been restruck after the model was formally adopted? Since so few 1870s are seen it is difficult to be sure, but I've noted a couple where the stamping looks like it COULD have been done at a different time. Has anyone ever seen anything (in the RCOs for example) on this possibility? I only have the 1872 from that general time-frame.


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