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Criteria for "parting out"

Posted by Stephen B, McCartney on Thursday, 20 October 2011, at 12:14 p.m.

This is not a "trick" question nor one of ethics. But what criteria amongst dealers/collectors might there be for disassemblying a weapon for parts? I do see one local dealer at the big Tulsa show who has a conglomerate (sp?) of what he thinks (probably through ignorance) is a Model 1868. It has a .45-70 stock without the flat and a smooth lockplate, etc. Were I interested in the parts I might purchase it at a lesser price ($750, if I remember correctly) but I am not. I could see justification in tearing it down for parts. I am just curious, without passing judgement, on what others do, for various arms and under what circumstances.


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