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Re: Springfield 1873 Carbines (LBH?)

Posted by Ken Andrews on Sunday, 5 April 2009, at 12:08 p.m., in response to Re: Springfield 1873 Carbines (LBH?), posted by pony soldier on Sunday, 15 March 2009, at 3:50 p.m.

Dick: I have collecting carbine numbers since the 1960's, always been a collector of some sort. My first intro into trapdoors came from an interest in the Custer fight starting with novel "No Survivors" in 1950. From books one must eventually go into the "hard stuff", such as weapons, uniforms and all sorts of accoutrements. I am more than glad to meet other people of similar interests and see what can come out of meetings. With the advent of the computer it has made it much easier to record this data and keep up with changes. Unfortunately at this time I have yet to compile my numbers onto a spreadsheet which I intend to do. In the meantime what I would do is send you a list of earlier numbers noted in the 60's and 70's which you may not have. I am sure you have noticed in tracking these guns, the changes wrought in their parts to make them "true first models", and also how many times they change hands. I will try to find some strong contenders and send them over this forum.

My present pursuit and one I have been following for the last ten years lies with the edged weapons produced by Springfield Armory. As you know most of them from the 1880 hunting knife through the bolos and Patton sabers pack serial numbers. Ebay has been a great resourse in finding items. My idea is similar to your in that with enough numbers, certain trends and projection can come out. When I can gather enough numbers I propose one chapter in an overall study of the saber.

Ken Andrews (pony soldier) In Oregon


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