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Old May 8, 2017, 10:19 PM   #7
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The only real shortcoming was in the materials, the guns of the late 19th century were made of wrought iron, mild steel, and brass.
Colt used wrought iron for frames til the mid 1890's. I think everybody else was using steel from around 1870 on. Fit was very good and finish was better than anything produced today except maybe on very high end guns.

It must have been very difficult to mass produce precise firearms without computer guidance or the resources we have today.
They had lathes and milling machines etc but a lot of the final fitting was done by hand resulting in smoother actions than what you buy off a rack today.
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