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Re: Springfield 1873 Carbines (LBH?)
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 21 February 2009, at 9:19 p.m., in response to Springfield 1873 Carbines (LBH?), posted by Amy on Saturday, 21 February 2009, at 9:06 p.m.
Amy, was your grandfather Carl Schoeppl? He and I corresponded extensively in the 1980s-early 90s. I was, at one time, quite familiar with 36451, which I understood from either him, or his son, HAD been forensically LBH-verified. Was I in error? I do not have any info on 37857 - he must have acquired that later.
The testing program was, I believe, terminated due to lack of funds. Whther it will ever start again is anyone's guess. Doug Scott and/or Dick Harmon (the original researchers/trsters/authors of the LBH archeology book(s) would know a LOT more about that, but I do not have theie contact info.
Also, "close" numbers mean VERY VERY little. The arms were not made, stored, packed, shipped, or issued in numerical order. 16572 could have gone West, while 16573 stayed in Massachusetts.
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