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Re: trial rifles
Posted by Jack Lewis on Sunday, 31 October 2010, at 9:25 a.m., in response to Re: trial rifles, posted by John on Thursday, 28 October 2010, at 11:27 p.m.
First off, in going through the SA sales, there were many of the Model 1870 Rifles were special ordered by Officers, One was ordered by Lt Colonel Custer without bayonet. I don't think there were enough of this MOdel(1870) to sell to Foreign Goverments. Like the Model 1866 or the Breechloading Rifle-Musket Model of 1868. This still does not answer the first question of why his rifle is numbered. First Of I'm sure SA did not number the Model 187o rifles, it was always assumed that the known Model 1870's with numbers on the barrel and receiver were done by National Guard units. The 50-70 rifles were issued to these units as late as 1883. I'm going back through the sales records and see what I can find.
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