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Trapdoor Carbine Md. 1884

Posted by Tom on Sunday, 19 January 2014, at 9:09 a.m.

Hey, Y'all:

Pat Wolf was kind enough to clue me in to this site.

I have a Md. 1884 Carbine in my lap, Sr# 156581. It has S. W. Porter's 1889 cartouche stamped into the stock and "V, P, Eagle head , P" stamped on barrel just ahead of the receiver. Directly on top of the barrel, forward of the receiver, is stamped "A".

Buffington rear sights.

A "U" is stamped on the left side of the barrel band.

The only "modification" to the carbine that I know of is that my dad had a new front sight blade pinned in by a gunsmith some 40-50 years ago (I understand that it needs to be filed down to spec).

Where do I go from here?

My old dad, who is now into "less is more", took it off the wall and gave it to me this past Christmas...

I shot at a deer with it once when I was a kid. All I know about the carbine is that I missed the deer by a mile (I, later, got the deer w/ a 257 Robt).

Still, I am fascinated. I would like to learn more about the gun.

It's history, value... etc.

I am now reading the Joe Poyer's book and the J.S and Pat Wolf book...

Is there anybody out there, in here, that can help me out?

Right now I am interested in authentication and value, as I have read some about a mish-mash hybrids thrown together from bastard parts...

And... I want to take it apart and clean it up some. Eventually I'd like to reload some ammo that actually duplicates the original.

Thank You to anyone who can help.



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