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October 26, 2022 - 10:59 pm
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Looking at an 86 made in 1908. Has an A suffix on the serial number. Thought the A denoted a take down? this rifle is solid frame. Any input will be helpful.

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I can’t remember what the A denotes, but I think it was applied to later .33 WCF rifles?  Mine is from 1909, is in .33 WCF, ends in an “A”, and is NOT a takedown rifle.

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October 26, 2022 - 11:10 pm
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This one is in 45-90

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Could it have meant a “light weight”?

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According to my new 1886 booklet by John Madl (thanks Bill), at “SN approx. 130,000- EOP, the additional “A” added to serial number indicates a threaded magazine tube.”

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deerhunter said
According to my new 1886 booklet by John Madl (thanks Bill), at “SN approx. 130,000- EOP, the additional “A” added to serial number indicates a threaded magazine tube.”

Don

  

That’s interesting to know.  I figured it meant some sort of production change, but didn’t know what.  This makes sense. 

Quite interesting Cool

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The “A” is actually not part of the serial number (see the attached pictures). It was used on the Solid frame rifles when the change was made from a slip fit magazine tube to a threaded magazine tube. The earliest Model 1886s with the “A” were in the 128700 serial number range.

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Ok Bert, thanks for the clarification on that.

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