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    U.S. M1873 .45-70 Saddle Ring Carbine with Improvements of 1879/84, #31952 Pre 1876/Custer. The regulation issue U.S. cavalry longarm from 1873 to 1892, these weapons were repeatedly upgraded as design flaws became evident. This example incorporates the low arch breech block, 1879 sight, grooved trigger and cleaning rod compartment in the butt which remarkably retains the original three piece rod. The breech door and lockplate are both dated 1873 and the tumbler uses two stops. All metal generally smooth and gray with some traces of color on the breech door and trigger guard which also displays some scattered light pitting. Mechanically fine, perfect bore. The butt plate tang screw is missing, easily replaced. Wood very good with nice patina, rectangular inspector's cartouche with 1892 date. Small sliver at the lower edge of the lock and substantial slivers on either side of the fore end forward of the band, again easily restored. Overall a very nice representative example of a pre-Custer .45-70 carbine. Previously owned by Dr. Lawrence Frost, noted Custer collector and author.

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    January, 2009
    23rd-25th Friday-Sunday
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