Exp 28" Rifle, SN198647

Exp 28" Rifle, SN198647

This rifle is one of 52 rifles produced in 1882 for the purpose of finding an arm that could be used by the cavalry and the infantry. 26 of these rifles are equipped with a standard cleaning rod (82R)and 26 are made with a triangular rod bayonet (82RB). Both versions were used in the field to evaluate the guns and their acceptance by the soldiers. The guns are quite different. The 82R rifles with the standard cleaning rod are equipped with a friction block so it could reside at any position the trooper wanted. Also, the hammer safety was very close to the block. The slider has a means of locking the slider on center or releasing the slider to adjust for windage. The sight is marked 28"/B on the base and 28" on the ladder and it went to 1200 yards. The sling swivels are curved so they do not get caught in the the carbine boot. The stocks were made from musket stocks and the pin hole is visible. The rifling is the standard three grooves and lands with a 22" trist. The triangular rod rifles (82RB)have the sight marked 28"/B on the base and 28" on the ladder. The ladder is graduated to 1300 yards and the base is the standard 500 yards. The top of the sight base has a receess which is absent from the 28R rifles. The rifling is six lands and grooves with a 18" twist. The sight also has the centering pin that can be rotated to allow windage of locked in place at any range. The sling swivels are curved. This gun, 198647, is pictured in Book I, Book II, and in the Newsletters. You can find photographs and characteristics of this gun and others on pages 130-134 in Book I and on pages 250 and 253 of Book II. In the Newsletters, the gun is photographed on pages 269-273. The rifle exterior seems to have had a hard life with the modeling on the metal parts and the staining of the wood. The gun has not been sanded and the cartouche is easy to read. There is no circle P, just a deeply stamped U. The significance is not clear to me. The bore is nearly pristine and very shiny with sharp clear rifling. No pits or dark spots. This rifle has been in the collection of the Orville Jones family since before I photographed in in the 1970's. From the photographs, you can see the condition of the gun in the 1970's is about the same as now. Evidently Orville acquired the gun with the wood and metal damage. It is not clear, if Springfield did some environmental testing with the gun or if it was stored with some kind of wrap that had gotten wet over the years and caused the stains in the wood and modeling on the metal parts. $9650 + S/H

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