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Re: Grade A-1
Posted by Tom Archer on April 19, 2023, 10:01 pm, in reply to "Re: Grade A-1
As Dr. Dreu noted; the majority will have Chain Damascus barrels; but there are a few examples fitted with Nitro Steel and even Whitworth Steel barrels. Others were returned to the factory and retro-fitted with steel barrels; or a second set of lower grade barrels (I've seen one example with a factory fitted second barrel set of OO grade barrels). You will also find the occasional example with factory fitted Type II ejectors which weren't cataloged until 3 years after the A-1 Grade was dropped from the catalog. When you find a gun that doesn't fit the catalog description, or match the shipping record but has survived in unrestored condition; have the gun examined by a expert, as the gun could be totally righteous.