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 GRRW Leman Trade Rifle #2

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PostSubject: GRRW Leman Trade Rifle #2   GRRW Leman Trade Rifle #2 Empty2019-06-16, 14:42

Another GRRW Trade Rifle, also in 50 caliber.

Buck, Would you happen to know anything about this one?
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PostSubject: Re: GRRW Leman Trade Rifle #2   GRRW Leman Trade Rifle #2 Empty2019-06-16, 14:53

I'll contact Carl Walker for when it was built, gunsmith and customer.

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PostSubject: Re: GRRW Leman Trade Rifle #2   GRRW Leman Trade Rifle #2 Empty2019-06-28, 13:01

Finally, an unquestionable factory GRRW rifle.

Buck, I don't know if you've heard back from Carl or not, but this rifle might fall into one of the periods where they weren't recording information in the company book.

Based on the hardware, lock, barrel, and serial number, I would guess that this rifle was made in 1974.

It has the early, commercial butt plate and trigger guard.  The lock appears to be one of Bob Kern's coil spring locks that was used on the first 800 or 900 Leman Trade Rifles that they made.

I can't count the number of grooves/lands in the one photo of the muzzle, but I'm guessing that the number is 7, which would indicate that it has a GRRW barrel.  They started making their own barrels early in 1974.

From what I could find in the old magazine ads, Ron Long came out with his Hawken percussion lock late 1974 or early 1975.  The lowest serial number Leman Trade Rifle with a Ron Long Hawken lock I know of is 916.  GRRW used the Ron Long locks on their Leman Trade Rifles up to about SN 1500, when they switched to the Siler Mountain lock.

So that brackets the year to 1974, probably the 3rd or 4th quarter.

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PostSubject: Re: GRRW Leman Trade Rifle #2   GRRW Leman Trade Rifle #2 Empty2019-06-28, 14:42

Hi guys,

Talked to Carl Walker - got the information on gun.

GRRW (semi finished kit) #870 Leman Trade Rifle [.50 cal.] assembled by Gardell Powell, sent out on 10-16-1974 to Gary Sench in Jet, OK.

Carl said he and Gardell did allot of these usually very plain wood with little figure (referred to as "GRRW's bread and butter guns"). He said they would race each other on how fast they could put these guns out with Doc in the background saying he could do it twice as fast. Being semi finished made it possible to build several guns a piece each week.

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PostSubject: Re: GRRW Leman Trade Rifle #2   GRRW Leman Trade Rifle #2 Empty2019-06-28, 14:43

Wow! Awesome info guys! Thank you very much.
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