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Model 1873 Carbine / new user

Posted by Jason Z in MO on Sunday, 19 September 2010, at 7:12 p.m.

Hi everyone,

I'm new to the Springfield trapdoor but spent quite a while reading this site. 24 hours ago I didn't know the difference between a breech block, trapdoor, or a cartouche! Thanks for the very informative site!

Yesterday at a sale an old military rifle was being sold which I thought was about half of what it's worth. I'm not particularly into guns but like military items and I had a hunch. It appeared to be in good original shape. So I exercised my 2nd amendment right and brought home a Model 1873.

From reading this site I figured out several things and have answered a lot of my questions. But I still have a few unanswered. The rifle has a 22" barrel which I believe makes it a carbine. The breechblock is stamped with "Model 1873", nothing more. I noticed in some pictures on this site some also have a stamped logo. Is this the cartouche mentioned on this site? There are no provisions for a cleaning rod along the barrel but it does have a sliding door in the butt. Importunely, the rods are gone. The gun also does not have a rear site. Did the carbines have the rear site? The serial number is 115xx or 115xxx. I can't tell if itís a 5 or 6 digit number; the 6th digit would be under the breech block and may have worn some of it off.

The firing pin seems to be jammed or rusted and doesn't move. Also, I think the tang screw incorrect. It has a rounded head but I think it should be counter sunk into the tang. I have some pictures and would be very happy to share for someone's opinion of what I have.

Thank you,



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