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Unread 05-04-2016, 11:01 PM   #21
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I still believe that, given the barrels are 1/16' shorter than the 28" the records indicate, coupled with the fact that the matting runs off the end of the rib and that scant few, if any, Trojans were made with barrels longer than 28", this set of barrels was trimmed due to damaged muzzles - not cut and I don't believe they left Meriden shorter than exactly 28". (There are many examples of barrels being longer by up to 1/4" or so than the factory records indicate, but I have yet to see one shorter, from the factory, than the records indicate.)

But that's just one man's opinion - others may differ.





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Not doubting your observation, frankly, I agree wholeheartedly. Just bringing other possibilities to the forefront. To pass on this gun for such a small imperfection, the price must have had a lot to do with it. After all, the condition observed was not bad but far from high. Just MHO. Thanks
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The price was $1700 but my sense was it could go for less.
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I agree with Dean. I think the barrels were trimmed off due to some muzzle damage. Again, if anyone is interested in more info, pm me. I'm not pursuing this 16. The wood on this gun is solid, no chips, cracks. Original butt plate intact. Just needs to be stripped and refinished. Barrels ring and mirror bright inside.
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I just looked at your picture of the muzzles pointing up and I enlarged it as much as it would go (two clicks) and as we discussed on the phone yesterday Allen, you can see the termination of the matting just before the end of the rib where the matting machine was lifted and the matting lines come to a somewhat rounded point. As I said in our conversation, on original uncut barrels there is almost always some indication of the matting ending - so, this one was trimmed back to the termination line across the rib, but not back into the matting.






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I have seen truely uncut Trojan barrels or untrimmed barrels that look exactly like these.

The location of the bead looks right and does not suggest any trimming to me.

Did anyone think they might have just been made that way?

Remember that Trojans were not as finely finished as the other grades. This carries on to the rib matting termination as well.
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Did anyone think they might have just been made that way?

Nope.... The records show twenty-eight inches and this set is 27 15/16"






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Dean, what do you think of the checkering on this 16? Assuming you stripped and de-oiled the wood, do you think enough checkering would show to skip re-cutting or would you go ahead and have it re-cut. This is just a hypothetical scenario - and I have no interest in the gun. I'm interested in your take on this.
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Allen, in my HO this gun could use a complete refinish, checkering included.... but that's a decision for the next owner.






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