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Reply #15 - Oct 30th, 2019 at 7:23pm
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This is the article itself, however there are a number of typos in it;
  
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Reply #16 - Oct 30th, 2019 at 7:25pm
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Thanks guys, I'll search those.  Wish they digitized all newspapers from old days.
  

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Reply #17 - Oct 30th, 2019 at 7:34pm
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This is a Stevens #51 22 Short that was said to have belonged to Michael Dorrler, from Julia Auctions;
  
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Reply #18 - Oct 31st, 2019 at 4:18pm
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The OP's pics show a very rough turned barrel.  I had an H M Pope .22 Ballard with the same "finish".  It had the standard Pope marking and codes, so he must have done the "matting".  It would be interesting to know how or if this rifle's barrel was marked.
  
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Reply #19 - Nov 6th, 2019 at 9:50am
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Michael was a top competitor and always in the hunt at big matches. I belive that that rifle was given as a price the year before Ittle won his famous prize rifle. Stevens was permuting their "new" 44 1/2 action and this was a way to get them in the hands of top shooters.

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Reply #20 - Nov 7th, 2019 at 2:06pm
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Shame they spelled his name wrong. Rifle says “Dorrler” not “Dorrier”. Beautiful job otherwise.
  
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Reply #21 - Nov 7th, 2019 at 3:14pm
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Only an engraver would notice the misspelling, but done it stamping and crude engraving.
Real easy to make a mistake. Hard to erase.
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Reply #22 - Nov 7th, 2019 at 6:04pm
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Yes, some stamps were used; but in my limited-experience, the design and execution of the Dorrier rifle's engraving is very good for Stevens' work.  After all, it's not like they routinely hired the Ulrich boys.

Also, I'd bet this isn't the first time an "l" and an "i" were confused, especially if interpreted from imprecise handwriting.  Do you think Mr. Dorrier was so incensed that he refused the rifle?

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Reply #23 - Nov 7th, 2019 at 8:31pm
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Over several years while researching original sources for my book The Golden Age of the American Schuetzenfest I came across numerous references, including a couple of photos of Michael Dorrler. He was known nationally as an excellent shooter and tough competitor. Never did I encounter reference to him spelled Dorrier. Perhaps my sample size was too small or both were names of famous shooters?
  

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Reply #24 - Nov 7th, 2019 at 10:08pm
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Yikes!  Thanks to Randy, another bit of esoteric research coming up.  I'm on it!

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Reply #25 - Nov 7th, 2019 at 10:16pm
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That didn't take long.  Both the 1903 Los Angeles Herald article and the write-up for the Julia ca6talog above spell the name DorrLer.  Pass the crow, somebody.

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