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Re: I think I just inherited a Springfield Trapdoor

Posted by Bill on Thursday, 17 March 2011, at 12:41 p.m., in response to Re: I think I just inherited a Springfield Trapdoor, posted by Ernie Brandt on Sunday, 16 January 2011, at 10:55 p.m.

So after a couple of months of on/off again cleaning, I'm finding some pretty fun stuff. The cartouche is coming out and I think I can make out '1891'. On the top of the butt at the base is a '2' and just below the '2' is 'IV'. Stamped into the barrel, between the breech and the Buffington sight I can see a 'V' and then below it a 'P'.

Now the concerning part. In the breech, just short of the barrel is a hole in the bottom of what I would call the tray. I'm guessing that isn't supposed to be there. I haven't taken anything apart yet, but poking around with a small strand of wire, it seems this hold might go down into the forestock. Anyone have thoughts? (be gentle)



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