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Re: Eagle Grade Barrels
I'm assuming, since there is no mention in your letter that the records show the gun shipping with two sets of barrels; that when the gun was returned to Hunter for a new shorter barrel set, it was fitted with a new beavertail fore arm at the same time. Very seldom would the shipping records be revised to make an entry regarding work done on a gun returned to the repair shop for work or repair; but had this extra barrel set shipped originally with the gun, the extra barrel would have been noted, and that fact stated in your research letter. I'm thinking Jim either didn't see the "2" stamp on the barrel lug and fore iron, or lacked a photo altogether as the reason the shorter barrels weren't noted as being fitted after the ship date. You may never learn what transpired with the original 32" tubes. Sometimes barrels are destroyed, and many times they get separated from the rest of the gun and lost, or sold by a later owner who had no use for them; but you've got a great gun and what you have is an all original Hunter Arms piece, so enjoy.