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Re: discription springfield rifle
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 16 June 2010, at 10:15 a.m., in response to discription springfield rifle, posted by donald welever on Wednesday, 16 June 2010, at 9:10 a.m.
Not sure of the purpose of this post, but I certainly hope that you have not just bought the rifle, for some immense sum, thinking, or having been told, that it was the very rare experimental rod-bayonet model, because it isn't.
What you have is the so-called "Model 1888", even though the block IS marked 1884. Over 60,000 of those were made, and they are often found with the regimental markings you describe. The true M1884 Experimental RRB, of which only 1,000 were made, but nearly all subsequently disassembled, is numbered in the 315-320xxx range.
Yours is probably worth around $800, give or take, and the rare one is around $8,000 and up. The bayonet latch is similar but easily differentiated. Most, if not all breechblocks are dated 1873.
I wish people would read ALL of the text in the various excellent reference publications now available.
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