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"71" Unit marked M1888 rod bayonet rifle

Posted by John S. on Sunday, 11 October 2009, at 10:49 p.m.

Recently acquired a M1888 rod bayonet rifle 528683 which appears to be correct and original, albeit a bit used and abused. Right side of the stock has fancy script "71" about 1" high over "script "280" about 1/2" high. Very neatly stamped, not Bubba work. Marking runs comb to heel, parallel to the buttplate. Comb of stock has 3/8" high D over 60 just ahead of the buttplate tang.

I would like to know what other "71" marked rifles have been observed, and the other markings. My assumption is that these are from the 71st New York, and that the 71 and adjacent number were more or less a Regimental "serial number" and that the comb markings are the typical "company" and "soldier number" used on most equipment.

Can anyone confirm that these are indeed 71st New York markings, or if there was any other "71st" regular, volunteer or national guard units existing circa 1892-1903?

This number is not listed in SRS, and they only show 1 entry for a rifle 545734 on 5/4/1899 credited to the "71st USV INF" which I believe to be an erroneous transcription from the records.


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