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Re: 1873 - 1884 mismatch
Posted by Bill DiBenedetto on Thursday, 24 June 2010, at 7:55 a.m., in response to Re: 1873 - 1884 mismatch, posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 23 June 2010, at 12:27 p.m.
I had the rifle looked at last night by a expert gun appraiser who has lots of experience with pre 1900 firearms. It's a all original rifle, bluing, proof marks, stock cartouche etc. Looking at the SRS books there were lots & lots of Trapdoors issued in 1898. The reason: Spanish American War which started in April. Krags were woefully in very short supply. Rifles were scrounged anywhere they could get them, including Springfield Armory. Without a doubt they would have scrounged parts bins so see what could be built into rifles, even the obsolete Trapdoor. Since they already had the parts these rifles could be quickly assembled. This rifle is proof that trapdoor rifles were indeed produced in 1898. The receiver was manufactured in 1890 and probably put in storage as a spare. The 1873 parts were also left over spares since they had moved on to the 1884 and newer rifles. The receiver serial number was already recorded so these would not have show up as production. The war was over quickly so this rifle never saw action and went right into storage. Somewhere in the Springfield Armory records this has to have been recorded. I'll have to go try and chase that one down.
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