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Re: Trapdoor Identification Continued
Posted by Bob Holmes on Friday, 25 June 2010, at 2:31 p.m., in response to Re: Trapdoor Identification, posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 24 June 2010, at 12:45 p.m.
Thanks for your reply. Bubba must have had some of his buddies over and opened a keg on this one. To continue: On further inspection the reversed "S" is actually a "2" as you suggested so the serial # is 213569 (mfgr. date Jul-Sep 1883 according to my info). The cut below the hinge pin is rounded. Also further inspection shows evidence that the front signt base was BRAZED to the barrel in a very workmanship manner. Stock cartouches, although vague, are on the stock - "P" and "ESA" in the correct locations. The breechblock is stamped "US" over "MODEL". The number 8 is stamped below "MODEL" in a position that puts under the letters D&E. This position would indicate a mfgr. date in the 1980's. The barrel proof mark (UP "EAGLE" P)is in placed forward of the reciever ring on the left side of the barrel. The lock has the usual US SPRINGFIELD "EAGLE" stampings dated 1873. The buttplate has unusual dimensions?? - 4.2" long, 1.35" wide with a 2.15" tang. Stock legnth is 42 3/4" and OAL is 46". In numbers 5/8" high "169" is stamped on the left side of the bttstock. Barrel OS diameter at muzzle is .703". Your help in shedding some light on this unusual Trapdoor will be appreciated. .
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