I just acquired this 1894 that was manufactured in 1911. It is a saddle ring carbine and has "GSC31" stamped on the left side of the receiver. I would live to know what this designates or why or who. Possibly ranch or prison related. I'm open to opinions.
It might be of interest that the G stamp is put on separate than the SC 31 which seems to be one stamp. Both were applied by press instead of hammer, too. Seems a backwards way of marking and might offer a clue.
It looks like the rubber coating came off a pick-up window gun rack. The hammer was down when it happened. I withdraw the leather strap idea. It's impact, not wear.
I'd bet that gun has not been apart.
That saddle ring dent is a genuine saddle scabbard indicator. The position of the gun in the scabbard can be determined by how the ring hangs. That seems to be a butt forward-sights down carry.
It's natural to find a 'cradle' for a gun. That one seems to be vee shaped but a wide one. It's probably just one day of a mistake that wasn't repeated.
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