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Re: refurbished Trapdoors SAW
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 10 June 2010, at 3:35 p.m., in response to Re: refurbished Trapdoors SAW, posted by Jim Stewart on Thursday, 10 June 2010, at 2:47 p.m.
AFAIK = As far as I know. :-)
Around the time of the SAW, LARGE numbers of TDs were reconditioned at Rock Island Arsenal. It has to be assumed that a TD with sanded cartouches and blued all over is PROBABLY one of those guns. However, that isn't ironclad, and there are other ways for an arm to have reached the present day in that form.
The RIA work was done in bulk - arms were brought in, surveyed, stripped-down and refinished. I'd have to ASSUME that where new parts were required they were supplied from SA, but I'm sure that some cannibalization occurred as well. All in all, the possibility that any given gun got its' own parts back would be statistically unlikely. Apparently barrels and receivers were not separated, since most such specimens DO check out as valid carbine numbers. That makes sense, as changing barrels would have only increased the cost of the work.
The last run of 5000 carbines was made in 1889, at around the 450xxx -460xxx mark. So (without seeing it) I'm guessing that Larry's carbine was originally made as such at SA, and probably has the original barrel/receiver intact. The rest of the parts are probably not original to the carbine. BUT, that is a perfectly normal process, and is not at all in the same class as a bubba mixmaster. VERY VERY few arms have never been touched. It is hard to be absolutely sure about anything.
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