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Re: 1877 Springfield Carbine

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 8 April 2009, at 11:36 a.m., in response to 1877 Springfield Carbine, posted by Mark Gerhardt on Wednesday, 8 April 2009, at 10:19 a.m.

Mark, I'm not sure I have ever seen an 1878-dated carbine. My 89998 is dated 1877, which is theoretically "incorrect". So was 88125 (a "virgin" if there ever was one - but which sadly went as part trade on my OM). I would point out that the 1877-78 period had some "turbulence" not found in other eras. For one, the Armory was closed for six months - also, IIRC, the accounting (and perhaps dating of arms?) was changed - around that time - from fiscal to calendar (or vice-versa - I forget - but it DID change, and the result was longer than expected use of "1877")). Another corroborating point - from the records, there should be only 16 "1877" rifles! I've owned three or four, and have lost track of how many I've seen - so - there is clearly something "wrong" in that time frame.

So far as I'm concerned, no difference in value - which I would put at $3000 or so in NRA Fine, meaning 1877C sight with untouched slotless screws, of course. With later sight, $2500. If there was a diference, the nod, IMHO, would go the the "1878" date. Out here in CA, I've only seen a few 1878s, and never an 1879. My nearly mint 103107 rifle is "ESA/1878"


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