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April 24, 2014 - 7:01 pm
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I just bought a 1892 in 32-20, #841114 somewhere in the 1917-1919 range i think. It has a 24"round barrel, crescent butt, and a button magazine. Does anyone have any ideas of the approximate number of half mag rifles that were made?

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Hello,

I don’t have the answer yet but I am working on it. They are far from rare that is for certain. If I had to venture a guess right now without doing a lot of calculating from some spread sheets I would say at least 10% of the total production had button or half magazines. Interestingly, almost half of the rifles which I have surveyed from Australia have half mags. The 2/3rds and 3/4 length magazines are the hard ones to find.

Your rifle was serialized near the end of 1917. Does the bottom line of the tang stamp end with "& FGN"?

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yes it ends with "& FGN" Thanks Michael!

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Thanks for the info on the tang stamp. I did the calculations from my spread sheet and I had a pretty good guess. It worked out to be just over 11% of the total rifles which I have surveyed, just over 6100, have a half magazine.

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