PetahW you are correct there is rifling in the barrel. When I got batteries for my camera I also got batteries for my pen light. Rifling hard to see at the end of the barrel but more visable an inch and more down.
If 1969 is correct for the manufacture date that is ok, it makes no real difference and I am not going to argue with a date stamp.
I have a Heritage Rough Rider I don't shoot any more I may swap for it.
Thanks guys, Have a great evening!
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