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Re: Model 1878 Trapdoor Arms
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 2 February 2010, at 11:56 p.m., in response to Model 1878 Trapdoor Arms, posted by John Wootton on Tuesday, 2 February 2010, at 10:52 p.m.
I'm VERY sorry, but that ENTIRE statement is dead wrong.
(1) The article that you read was wrong - NO TDs were ever stamped "1878". Yes, the Army WAS constantly testing all sorts of things, including a couple of magazine arms, but the caliber was never in question, from 1873 until the early 1890s when it was reduced to .30, coincidental with the advent of smokeless powder. In fact, the developmental work on the .30-40 cartridge, as used in the Krag from 1894 until 1904, was done in a TD - fifteen of them to be precise..
(2) No arms in storage were ever re-stamped "1878". In ALL cases, when sufficient light and magnification are employed, the so-called "8" will be seen to be a heavily stamped "3", period - end of report.
(3) Sorry, your assumption that the article was correct is not valid, therefore the assumption that it "made sense" is likewise invalid. ALL sorts of people write articles - the sad truth is that some of them shouldn't.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts - I hope the matter is now cleared up.
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