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Old June 22, 2009, 01:33 AM   #8
Mike Irwin
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Join Date: April 13, 2000
Location: Northern Virginia
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OK....

You have an 1899 made in 1899.

That should put your serial number under, IIRC, 11,000.

Depending on condition and specific attributes, you do realize that that rifle could be worth middle to middle high four figures, don't you?

Drilling and tapping such a rifle would legitimately reduce its value by more than half.

If you can't stand the sights, retire it and get another Model 99 of a newer vintage.
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