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Re: 1873 - 1884 mismatch
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 24 June 2010, at 9:49 a.m., in response to Re: 1873 - 1884 mismatch, posted by Bill DiBenedetto on Thursday, 24 June 2010, at 7:55 a.m.
I scarcely know where to begin. You came seeking information, and wind up telling us how it is.
At age 72, after specializing in the "trapdoor" for over 40 years, assembling a sizeable collection of some note, authoring a book - and I'm the novice auther on this site at that - I shold know better than to pursue such a discussion with someone who is basing their comments on theory, and the opinion of one "pre-1900" APPRAISER, no matter how skilled.
Krags WERE initially in short supply, but they had PLENTY of new trapdoors on hand, to arm the State troops. These units were armed with the latest Model 1888 rod-bayonet model. Kept in storage were thousands and thousands of Model 1884 rifles, mostly dated 1889. Full crates of them existed into the 1940s. There was NO need for the type of panic you describe - especially as regards rear sights. The Buffington sight, adopted in 1884, was seen as SUCH an improvement that enough extras were made to retrofit earlier arms.
SA did NOT make new trapdoors in 1898, and they would NOT have installed M1873 sights on any that they refiniashed.
Perhaps you could post some pictures on one of the hosting sites, or email them to Dr. Frasca, or myself? You are welcome to view part of my collection (I've been lazy about putting up new acquisitions) at wwwDOTpicturetrailDOTcomSLASHsa4570af.
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