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Question by hi_tail. Uploaded on June 30, 2011
The early Model 71 came with a long tang, which is considered more desirable to collectors, and raising the price 30% to 40% over later models with the short tang.
On pre-war guns, the craftsmanship is usually superior to post-war guns, but the metallurgy of the more modern guns would probably be better.
In knives "tang" refers to how far the metal extends into the handle. So full tang would be a knife where the metal continues from the tip of the blade, all the way through the handle to the butt. I would assume it means the same for guns.
Nevermind my answer, sorry. I re-read your question. I didn't see the "lever action" part the first time.
Ditto~99, you are a man of talent! not bade for an old LEO weelgun toten jent.
Thanks to CNC machining everything new is better and more accurate. Older didn't have plastic or sheet metal parts. Parts were all machined but costlier to make. Not more accurate So what do you like
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