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Re: Model 1884
Posted by John on Saturday, 29 January 2011, at 12:20 p.m., in response to Model 1884, posted by Doug Keeling on Saturday, 29 January 2011, at 11:44 a.m.
Many trapdoor rifles were issued for use during the Spanish American War, and subsequently went through an arsenal "clean and repair" process which often included scraping or sanding the stock which removed the cartouches (inspector markings) on the stock. Usually the metal parts were refinished as well so the rifles appear to be in excellent condition, but that is after being refinished.
Many trapdoor rifles were sold off as surplus circa 1920s-40s, and it is likely that the vet probably acquired it then.
Interestingly, many of the U.S. troops in the American Expeditionary Force in Siberia were armed with Mosin Nagant rifles (from the huge inventory of rifles purchased by the U.S. government from Remington and New England Westinghouse when the Czarist contracts were repudiated by the Communists after the Russian revolution). The logic was that this would simplify logistics which could be shared with the "White Russians" fighting the communists with whom we were allied both in Siberia and the Vladivostok areas.
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