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Re: I think I just inherited a Springfield Trapdoor
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 17 March 2011, at 1:52 p.m., in response to Re: I think I just inherited a Springfield Trapdoor, posted by Bill on Thursday, 17 March 2011, at 12:41 p.m.
Well, the hole is likely one of two things. Is there a little beveled stud projecting up from the bottom of the "tray", in ADDITION to the hole you mention? If so, then the hole should NOT be there. If there is NO little stud (unusual) it can be replaced - that part is what deflects the empty shell out of the receiver. But, it is neither essential to operation, nor dangerous if missing. It is however, a tight (press?) fit, and I have never dealt with one.
A number of TDs were made into floor lamps and that hole could be one way to route a wire. If it was a lamp, then some other holes, or clearance cuts, might exist, and some of them COULD be potentially dangerous. I'd particularly look for any gaps around the breechblock.
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