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Re: Model 1873
Posted by Pete Nelson on Monday, 28 February 2011, at 5:39 p.m., in response to Model 1873, posted by mark slater on Sunday, 27 February 2011, at 9:11 p.m.
Good evening Mark,
I have to apologize because I lost another posting, this time in response to your question about your S/N 162598 Model 1873 Springfield Rifle. I had indeed check all (4) VOLUMES of the S.R.S. "SERIAL NUMBERS OF U.S. MARTIAL ARMS" and had found that your S/N was NOT listed anywhere. I was just ready to post my reply when a message showed up on the screen notifying me that "the web page cannot be shown" (or some such wording), and then I lost the whole screen. But your S/N was not listed anywhere in the four Volumes, and the lost material was nothing earth-shattering.
Your rifle was most likely manufactured in the mid-1881 as part of the total years production of 18,862 Model 1873s (a grand total of 216,230 were produced by the Springfield Armory between 1873 and 1884 (the only two "slow years" were 1873 when only 5 were manufactured and 1877 when severe post-Civil War budget cuts forced a virtual shut-down of the Armory for something like (I believe) 6 months. During 1877 a total of only 16 Model 1873 Rifles were produced.
With very best regards,
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