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This one also has similar stamping issues. The stampings on this one are very similar to your carbine. Looks like the I under the 1873 should have a period after it. The cocking indicator looks like they ground it down as well. It should also have a arrow on it. There also appears to be a J to the left of the V.

It may have been an original gun underneath, but I think the stripped it down and re-stamped it. The screw on the bottom right of the frame looks like it had been ground down in the process.

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It's not my intention to belittle your purchase, I am trying to point out some of the things I learned after I made some bad purchases over there.

I later read somewhere the Afghanis re-stamp them because there needs to be a year on them for the US Customs to allow import. Otherwise they could not prove it was made before 1898.
 
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