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Re: Trapdoor Springfield Serial # 321139
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 24 October 2009, at 10:00 a.m., in response to Re: Trapdoor Springfield Serial # 321139, posted by Christopher Brown on Saturday, 24 October 2009, at 12:00 a.m.
Well, there is a HUGE diference (on the order of 10 times) in value between an original unaltered M1884 RRB, and the common M1888RRB. Both are shown under "Brief Model Descriptions" on the home page. You can also see examples (318991 and 527686) on my website: wwwDOTpicturetrailDOTcom/sa45470af.
Your s/n falls into the correct range for the rare rifle - hwever, almost all of them were disaassembled and converted to M1888 form. Since your stock date is from the range of the later M1888, I suspect that is what you have. BOTH arms are marked "Model 1884", so that of itself means nothing. The key is in the front sight, bayonet latch, and bayonet. Look closely at those parts. The wood is different, too - the rare stock is longer, and the forend groove wraps the bayonet closely, not the Grand Canyon of the 1888.
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