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Re: Springfield Trapdoor 1884

Posted by Jim Stewart on Friday, 26 November 2010, at 4:58 a.m., in response to Re: Springfield Trapdoor 1884, posted by Ernie Brandt on Thursday, 25 November 2010, at 10:47 p.m.

Ernie, I bought my first 1884 Trapdoor Rifle 485917 about 25 years ago. I still enjoy shooting it today. I got lucky. The SN was listed in the SRS books and I requested and received a letter from Mr Mallory with information on the rifle. According to the book TRAPDOOR SPRINGFIELD by authors Waite & Ernst, the receiver was manufactured Apr-Jun 1890. Unfortunately, the stock has been sanded and there is no cartouche with the rifle final assembly date. The SRS letter states that the rifle was issued, to Co. K., 4th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, during the Spanish American War. The letter gives the history of the 4th Ill. Volunteer Infantry including movements, locations and duties of that unit during that war. The unit was in Cuba for a short time. My rifle was reported as missing from the 4th Ill. infantry in 1898. I think this is probably typical SRS information if your serial number is listed in the SRS books.


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