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Re: 1873 Trapdoor serial number search

Posted by Pete Nelson on Saturday, 4 September 2010, at 2:29 p.m., in response to 1873 Trapdoor serial number search, posted by Fred Sheridan on Saturday, 4 September 2010, at 9:24 a.m.

Hello Fred,

Well, since my good friend and long-time mentor Dick Hosmer finally has taken a well-deserved respite from his volunteer rsearcher duties, I checked through all four of my Volumes of the SPRINGFIELD RESEARCH SERVICE (SRS) "SERIAL NUMBERS OF U.S. MARTIAL ARMS" for your Serial Number 379719. Dick will be first one to invoke the caveat that when it comes to Springfield "TRAPDOOR" serial numbers, "CLOSE - - EVEN CONSECUTIVE - - DOES NOT COUNT!".

You did not indicate whether your number was a Carbine or a Rifle, but of the half-dozen or so "379000-series" numbers listed in the four Volumes ALL are Carbines [379058, 379098, 379617, 379651, 379751, 379756] and are listed as being Model Code "84C" (Model 1884 Carbines). However, there is no way that any inferences can be drawn as to the time of service or association with any particular Cavalry Troop. But three of those Carbines [379098, 379651, and 379756) are listed as "SA TARGETED" (which, if my memory serves me corrected, indicates that they were used at the Springfield Armory for checking the front/rear sight alignment, and they were all listed as used during the month of April of 1887). There are actually three others [378857, 380859, and 381236]outside of the 379000-series and also listed as "84C" and as having been used for "TARGETING" at SA during that time of April, 1887.

But as Dick said, only something like 5% of the half-million or so Springfield arms in the "TRAPDOOR" series (1865-1893) actually made it into the SRS archives, and those archives are pretty much "the only game in town". So if your particular serial number is not in those archives, there is virtually no chance of uncovering any information about it.

I Realize that this is not very much help in answering your inquiry.

PETE


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