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A little help please.

Posted by Chris Worthen on Thursday, 6 November 2008, at 12:33 p.m.

Back in the early 1970's I picked up a Trapdoor for $30.00. That was a lot of money for a 12 year old at the time. The condition is reasonably good, the steel parts have no finish anywhere but are free from pits and gouges, the Eagle's feathers on the lock are still crisp as are the other various markings.

The gun appears to be a cut-down, the cleaning rod recess has been expertly filled forward of the barrel ring. The present barrel length as measured from the breech forward is 20 3/4".

The barrel just forward of the breech is stamped with the following , parallel with the barrel "VP" a shape I can't make out, then what looks to be a "T" threaded half way into the breech. In the same area but perpendicular to the length of the barrel is the letter "A". The S/N is 328739.

There are two stampings on the stock, one just behind the trigger guard that appears to be a "P" within an oval. The other is on the side opposite the lock and may be a crossed "7" and a "3" within an oval.

The sites are the fold up type calibrated out to what appears to be 1,400 yards.

The rifling is good and I used to load black powder or Pyrodex loads a shoot it frequently. Generally 50 grains FFG, thin card board wad, veracelli to fill the space out a home cast 405 grain projectile.

I am planning on producing a YouTube video featuring this firearm and would appreciate any info you might be able to provide. I did one vid on the loading and firing of the 1847 Colt Walker and the response was great. I would be more than happy to give your web site a plug or two during the new video to help steer traffic your way.

Best Regards, Chris


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