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1873 2nd Model Impressed Thumbprint Dust Cover
April 18, 2013
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Does anyone offer a credible 1873 2nd model impressed thumbprint reproduction dust cover for sale?

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April 19, 2013
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Someone a while back on EBay I believe must of been CNC machining some. They looked very well done, and the seller must of made a small run on them. They were selling regularly for a while at $125-150 a pop. Along with some 1st model dust covers. They were all non-blued still in the white.

I haven't seen them on Ebay in a while. I guess whomever was making them stopped. If anyone knows who they were. I would love to have some contact information. I wouldn't mind having one of the 1st model covers they made. They were much nicer than the Italian covers.

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April 20, 2013
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homestead parts may have what you are looking for

April 24, 2013
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Thanks guys. Neither source had any for sale but I've convinced myself that the one that is on the gun is perfectly legit even after having been told by 1873 "experts" that it was a replacement. See below:

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April 24, 2013
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Looks like a reproduction dust cover to me.

April 24, 2013
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Oh crap. That's what happens when I get outside my area of expertise (Model 1894s).

Any other opinions/comments would be welcome (and any offers to sell me an original T/P dust cover as well)!

April 24, 2013
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Looks good to me and the patina on it looks real. They were not Impressed in with a die, they were hand cut and that one is hand cut.

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April 24, 2013
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I'd love to have one. I fine that my thumb on the middle and pushing forward works much better than gripping the sides and pushing forward. Anyone know where to get 'em ? Replicas are fine with me. 🙂

April 25, 2013
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I have to agree with Bob, given the patina, wear, and thumb print cuts it looks original. Ive seen quite a few reproductions and they don't come close to the original.

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April 26, 2013
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Have you taken the cover off and examined the underside of it. Depending of what you find, there are some tail tail signs of it being a reproduction or not.

One dead give away is if it is stamped "Italy" on it.

There are also other signs to look for.

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April 26, 2013
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Thanks guys for the follow-on posts. I was hoping Chris would chime in! I haven't taken the dust cover off. I suppose Italy would be better than China.......

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