M84 Rifle, SN252662

M84 Rifle, SN252662

This rifle was produced in 1887 and has an early 1887 produced barrel (it has the sharp front blade that was rounded about August 1887) fitted to an early 1884 produced receiver (SN252562). This is something we have seen many times in the past. Here is the rationale: The barrel letter behind the rear sight is an "A". The "A" does not appear on barrels until early 1885. (Look on page 129 of the TRAPDOOR NEWSLETTER) So, an 1884 produced receiver was used in 1887 to produce this rifle. We were aware that in 1891, Springfield assembled a very large number of M88 rifles using early receivers. Now it appears that they had been using early receivers prior to this date. This is a very interesting observation that may explain a number of production questions. The rifle is in pristine new condition with a pristine bore that is VERY shiny!! The color case on the block and tang indicate the gun did not see much sunlight. The bluing is stong and the stock is in excellent condition. The handling scratches are disappointing.

$1895 + S/H

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