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1873 Carbine What Do I Have ?
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November 8, 2022 - 3:23 am
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I bought this one today. Serial number 98795, 44-40 Carbine built in 1882. The gun despite the terrible cleaning job is in very good condition with all edges crisp and the bore like new.  The screw slots are all straight.  The wood fits perfectly and is mostly free from dents with what looks like the original finish.  The tang is marked 3403 C and the wood and buttplate are both marked 3403 as well.  I can’t decide if the wood is Walnut or Gum. The off thing is the 1866 Carbine barrel and sight with what looks like an 1880 patent date  The sight is the correct backwards sight for this barrel that as mentioned has a mint bore.  I have other pictures if you need to see something else.

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The patent date is 1860 not 1880 but otherwise it has the normal barrel for a carbine of the era. The 73 carbine shared the same barrel features of the 66 carbine. The reverse sight is correct as well.

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So it looks like someone took a near mint gun and ruined it with a piece of sandpaper.

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The gun was not near mint but it didn’t deserve that kind of treatment. It looks like they tried to remove the patina finish. Bubba strikes again.

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   Walnut would be correct for the time period. It looks like walnut to me. T/R

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WHY OH WHY CAN’T PEOPLE LEAVE THINGS ALONE? Really nice carbine except for the emery cloth attack.

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1873man said
The patent date is 1860 not 1880 but otherwise it has the normal barrel for a carbine of the era. The 73 carbine shared the same barrel features of the 66 carbine. The reverse sight is correct as well.

Bob

  

Bob, why does this gun have assembly numbers?

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