surface of front sight ramp, after which entire action and barrel were polished and blued and a Lyman No. 48 sight fitted to receiver. The barrel was left its original length—about 25 inches.
The rifle is being stocked in about the same manner as a Ross would be stocked—by letting in the barrel and action first, then the guard. The illustration shows the rifle "as is" today. The oply change in the mechanism, outside of casing up the pull a bit, was the addition of a small flat spring to bear against the rear portion of the trigger to take up the rattle. Before that was done the trigger served a two fold purpose—firing the gun, and calling the chickens.
THE 1873 MODEL SPRINGFIELD, Caliber .45-70. Here's a real he-gun 1 A good old punkin-slinger in its day—and its day is not over yet. The .45-70 load is still one of the best for knocking down game at comparatively short range in heavy brush and timber, and is preferred by many for this work.
With its long barrel the rifle as issued by the D. C. M. for $1.25 is a bit unwieldy for most of us By cutting the barrel to 24 or 25 inches the handling is much improved; and the stock may also be cut down to a carbine with little work.
Figure 194 shows a special remodeling job done for Dr. Paul B. Jenkins, who is a great admirer of the '73 Springfield and the load it shoots. In this case no effort was spared to modernize the old gun as far as was humanly possible. The trigger pull was lightened as explained in Chapter 28. A piece of tool steel was welded to the upper tang to lengthen it sufficiently to provide a firm base for the rear sight. The Lyman 103 was chosen in the model supplied by the makers for the '99 model Savage, as the base of this sight fitted the rifle tang quite as well as the one it was made for. The trigger guard was cut down to about 5/8 inch in width, and the guard swivel cut off. A Lyman No. 6 folding leaf sight was attached by a band around barrel. Another band holds the forend snugly against barrel, the stock being held otherwise only by the rear tang screw. A special sight ramp was made, and fitted with a Sheard gold bead made for the Mannlicher-Schoennauer. Top of ramp and top of barrel ring of receiver were matted, and entire gun polished and re-blued. The hammer was ground away slightly at the back under the spur, and also on the lower part, and skeletonized to further lighten it. This was done by drilling a string of holes and filing away the metal between them with a rat tail file. The action was
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