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Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 14 December 2010, at 1:34 a.m., in response to Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number, posted by glock907 on Monday, 13 December 2010, at 11:38 p.m.
Why are you "reluctant" - do you think it was stolen from someone who would want their property back? VERY sorry to put it like that, but, that is EXACTLY what you - very probably entirely unwittingly - just said. FWIW, the government lost interest in tracing those about a hundred years ago.
But, that makes no difference as to ID, you either have a Model 1868 Rifle, made in 1869 (and that date will be found atop the breechblock) or a Model 1869 Cadet Rifle, made in 1870 (in which case THAT date will be atop the block).
Odds are it is the former, having a barrel length of 32-5/8". The Cadet has a 29-5/8" barrel, no sling swivels, and is fairly uncommon with only about 3420 made.
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