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Re: trial rifles

Posted by Pete Nelson on Friday, 5 November 2010, at 3:29 p.m., in response to Re: trial rifles, posted by Terry Walsh on Friday, 5 November 2010, at 3:00 p.m.

Hello Terry,

You are indeed too kind, sir - - we engineers (I spent 41 years at it in both Westinghouse/Bechtel's Commercial and Naval Nuclear business units, having retired on 31 August of 1999, 11 days after my 62nd birthday) have a certain aura (read "strangeness") about ourselves, don't we!

As to the presence or absence of the periods after the "U" and "S", I am going to have to take a long hard look again under better lighting and perhaps with the aid of a magnifying glass. On most of my TRAPDOOR Springfields the "."s are usually rather obvious when there, but I will examine both my M1870 rifle and carbine to verify. The carbine is certainly one of my better pieces, the only one being even more "minty" being a beautiful M1866 "2nd Allin" rifle I acquired from Al after having him put my also-nice (but not as nice) M1866. But I find as I have gotten older (notice that I did NOT say "matured") that I am discovering what Dick means about "provenance" becoming more and more a significant issue when acquiring an historic firearm. "Minty" is nice, but it ain't everything...I have only one TRAPDOOR whose history I have any real knowledge of, that one being my M1869 Cadet, S/N 473 (actually in pretty decent shape for a cadet), which Charlie Pate at SRS traced back to the Massachusetts Agricultural College at Amherst and to its eventual return to SA in 1884 for inspection and evaluation by Mr. Porter. And that historical association is certainly worth every bit as much, if not a lot more, than a shiny blue barrel or brilliant case colors.

Anyhow, I will check out those periods with greater care this time and report back.

Regards,

PETE


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