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Re: Model 1884 info

Posted by Dave Watkins on Friday, 22 October 2010, at 7:58 p.m., in response to Model 1884 info, posted by John Smutnick on Friday, 22 October 2010, at 1:41 p.m.

I also have an 1888 ramrod bayonet rifle, cartouched 1892, with a white "rack number" of 299 behind the tang on the wrist of the stock. It has the "23" on the lock side of the buttstock. I saw one so marked in Denver about 15 years ago, and the "for sale" area of this site also contains one. Since the rack numbers observed are 299, 336 and 587 (on this site #530710), can one assume that the 23 denotes a National Guard regiment with a large enrollment (New York, for example)? I see on the internet that there was a 23rd Regiment NYNG existing from at least the 1880's into the early 1900's, but as far as I can tell the regiment did not participate in either the SpanAm War or Philippine hostilities. Anyone have any thoughts?


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