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Re: SN and Markings, do they match
Posted by Pete Nelson on Sunday, 16 November 2008, at 6:47 p.m., in response to Re: SN and Markings, do they match, posted by Tom Clayton on Sunday, 16 November 2008, at 5:53 p.m.
Ernie has already covered your questions quite thoroughly. But on the matter of having to partially disassemble (i.e., remove the barreled action from the stock assembly) on all but one of my "TRAPDOOR" Carbines and Rifles (that being my quite early Model 1873 Rifle) the match-mark line which is stamped across the receiver/barrel interface on the right-hand (hammer) side, parallel to and usually just above the wood line of the stock, is fully visible with no disassembly necessary. On that Rifle, I can just barely made out the match-mark right at the wood line, but I have previously disassembled it and know that it is there).
I checked each of my .58-, .50-, and .45-Caliber "TRAPDOORS" - - starting with the Model 1868 (the first one to have a separate receiver) - - and every one (except the early Model 1873) has the match-mark (or "witness mark", which sometimes includes a small inspector's initial stamped adjacent to the interface, usually on the barrel side) plainly and fully visible. And as Ernie has said, the lines on both the receiver and the barrel should line up precisely. If not, the barrel has (probably) been removed and either re-installed or replaced at one point in time.
And to the best of my knowledge ALL markings done at the Springfield Armory on both wood and metal were stamped (rather than engraved). The finishing processes normally removed any raised metal left by the stamping operations, leaving a smooth burr-free surface around the stamping.
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