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Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number
Posted by Ernie Brandt on Tuesday, 27 October 2009, at 5:47 p.m., in response to Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number, posted by Matt Shepherd on Tuesday, 27 October 2009, at 9:19 a.m.
Production date is Oct.-Dec. 1884. This agrees with the cartouche date, that's a good thing.
Close the breech block & run a dowel or you cleaning rod down the barrel til it stops on the breech face. Mark the end of the rod & measure the length. This will give you the barrel length, less 1/8" more or less. 32 & 5/8" is correct for a rifle. Anything less is a Bubba job.....or you may have one of the experimental carbines.
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