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Re: Model1873 Calvary carbine 54xx

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 24 October 2016, at 11:21 a.m., in response to Re: Model1873 Calvary carbine 54xx, posted by Bob on Monday, 24 October 2016, at 9:16 a.m.

Will look forward to seeing your pictures.

I do have to comment on your s/n statement. The 71 guns presently attributed to the 7th generally (excluding a few outliers) run from 12221 to 44218. There are, however, definite strong clusters in certain areas - one being that which you cited. First Model (aka "long wrist") carbines were made in three blocks. None from the first block (despite the lurid claims made for outlier 8874) are seriously thought to be LBH candidates.

Receiver 12221 showed up about 25 years ago on a cadet in the possession of the late Keith Rush, who told me he was going to make it a carbine again. The receiver from 17425 survived on a rifle and the possibility of "restoring" it to a carbine was discussed on this forum in 2009. Thankfully, the gentleman decided not to do so. 17895 (not proven to be a 7th arm - though it came from the prestigious DuMont collection) was at one time in the LBH museum, but was stolen, and present whereabouts are unknown.

The forensic testing - for a number of reasons - is (sadly) nowhere near as precise as you describe, and, at least the initial program, has long since expired.


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