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Re: 1873 Trapdoor Serial Number
Posted by Ernie Brandt on Saturday, 4 December 2010, at 8:49 p.m., in response to 1873 Trapdoor Serial Number, posted by Joe Sanders on Saturday, 4 December 2010, at 12:47 p.m.
Finding data as to unit, troop, or individual issed to is next to impossible.
The Manufacture date of the receiver: July-Sept 1883.
While it is possible that the fifle was assembled that quarter. The Cartouche date is way off. Check the date on the stock closely. If it's not a "3" then the fifle was "messed with" after service issue.
Finding TD's with miss matched parts is not all that unusual. Stocks got broken & replaced with whatever could be found.
Have a Gunsmith check it over carefully to determine if it's safe to shoot & go out & have some fun with it.
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