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If your strapped for cash, sell your Cody Letters.
December 4, 2018
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I just saw this on Ebay. A guy selling a letter.

Cody Letter

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December 4, 2018
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It doesn't appear to be a real hot ticket item...…….

December 4, 2018
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Could be interesting.

 

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December 4, 2018
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I don't think there will be any bites on it at that price but will watch it and see if there is a price point.

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December 5, 2018
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I think he's going about it all wrong, seeing as you can't sell guns on Ebay he should sell the letter and throw the gun in on the deal. Probably skirting a gray area tho............Laugh

December 5, 2018
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But....how many people (including myself) saw the name on that letter and looked at the site only to see that persons own auction of firearms and related items?

Cheap way to advertise his auction.

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Maybe I was too hasty in my assessment of their motives.  Now I see that they have several letters from different sources, Colt, Parker and Winchester.

Maybe they are guns they sold in the past without the letters.

December 5, 2018
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I think what he is doing is he got new letters with his own name on them and is liquidating the old letters. I have gotten new letters for guns I have bought but I kept the old letters since it gives the gun a providence. A colt letter is rather spendy, late I heard they are $175. The one thing is that the guy selling the stuff on Ebay is from the same town that Sold USA is located, very interesting.

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December 5, 2018
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1873man said
I think what he is doing is he got new letters with his own name on them and is liquidating the old letters. I have gotten new letters for guns I have bought but I kept the old letters since it gives the gun a providence. A colt letter is rather spendy, late I heard they are $175. The one thing is that the guy selling the stuff on Ebay is from the same town that Sold USA is located, very interesting.

Bob  

Colt letters start at $75 and up to $300 for a regular gun depending on the model.  If Colt finds something special about your gun they will raise the price of the letter.  By the time you get the letter you will have forgotten that you ordered it.

December 5, 2018
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 He wants $3.75 for shipping a piece of paper, give me a break, sell snow cones to Eskimos. T/R 

December 6, 2018
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Did you  read the letter, a 24" carbine, I would like to see it. Yesterday I was looking at, just looking, at a very expensive Colt single action  that there is 3 known letters for the same ser#, 2 fake and 1 factory and 2 guns that are fake. Makes One wonder don't it.

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December 6, 2018
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The way I interpret that letter, it was a carbine and it was changed to a 24" round barrel rifle before it shipped.

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December 6, 2018
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So would You call it a 24" s.r.c. or a 24" rifle with a saddle ring  and carbine butt?

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December 6, 2018
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It would have a crescent butt and the saddle ring holes filled in.

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December 8, 2018
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How would We know it would have a cres. butt and the saddle ring holes filled in. The letter says only it was changed to 24" r.b. and not 24" r.b. rifle. Tell Me what I'm missing. Sometimes these factory letters can be kind of confusing if We take them as gospel then try and compare them to the actual gun. I would still like to se that actual gun.

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December 8, 2018
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Henry,

I read the letter again and was a little to quick to come to that conclusion.  When I saw the (changed to 24" round) I remembered seeing several ledger entries like that and they all where rifles and I've seen many rifles with carbine receivers with the holes filled. But since its listed 24 in the barrel length column which they wouldn't of done to a rifle since it would of been standard length it now looks like it would be a 24" carbine.  I checked my survey and they did make a few 24" carbines. I stand corrected.

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December 8, 2018
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Henry,  Winchester did make an 1873 Carbine with a 24 inch barrel.  I have one, but it   has all standard Carbine fittings,except for extra 4 inches of barrel and magazine length.  Mine is much later, made 1889.      Eric 

December 8, 2018
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Ididn't know there were factory 24" carbines I learn something new all the time about these fabulous firearms and the people who made them . Thanks for the info.

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December 8, 2018
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I hope a person of ill-motivations does not acquire these letters with the objective of producing fake items that "letter".

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December 9, 2018
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 Problem solved.  In James Gordons Survey of 1873  rifles, he lists No. 17934 as  " Rifle, 44, RB, Carbine Frame.  I can't see otherwise why they would say that barrel was changed to 24 inch ROUND,  when according to the letter it would of already been that. Just the way it was written in the records. Bob was right the first time.

   Eric

December 9, 2018
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Erin Grivicich said
It doesn't appear to be a real hot ticket item...…….  

It appears you were right, ended with no bids.

 

Mike

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