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Re: H & R / springfield 1873 trapdoor

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 19 May 2010, at 2:14 p.m., in response to H & R / springfield 1873 trapdoor, posted by Lynn Elliott on Wednesday, 19 May 2010, at 12:20 p.m.

Cannot tell you exactly which model of commemorative H&R you have, but I can dispel some of the MYTHS which you were told:

(1) Your gun was made in the mid 1970s or a bit later.

(2) VERY, VERY few, if any in the case of yours, of the parts are directly interchangable with an original.

(3) There was no hidden stash of original parts. AFAIK, the ONLY original part used on on ANY of the H&R replicas was that the "Infantry Rifle" (of which just 1000 were made, ca. 1975) appears to have utilized original 1873 stepped-base rear sights - though they were Parkerized by H&R.

(4) The term "buffalo rifle" is pure romantic hype, which can be applied to hundreds of different (original) Western arms, but which has no exclusive relevance to ANY Springfield design.

A SERIOUS caution - because the arms DO have one particular design difference, you should - if you intend to shoot it - have a gunsmith modify the mounting of the thumb-piece so that it CANNOT rotate with regard to the shaft upon which it is mounted. MANY H&Rs are found with loose thumbpieces, which under certain circumstances may allow firing with the breech UNLOCKED!!

Probably not what you wanted to hear - but I hope it helps, and the last part could save you serious injury.


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