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Re: I think I just inherited a Springfield Trapdoor
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 18 March 2011, at 12:46 p.m., in response to Re: I think I just inherited a Springfield Trapdoor, posted by FrontierWest on Friday, 18 March 2011, at 11:58 a.m.
That's surprising, as well as interesting.
Let's suppose that there were 570,000 (that's pretty close) .45-70s made. There were only 9999 four-digit numbers. That is just 1.8% of production. Even five-digit numbers - or less - only account for 18% of production (if we include the prior number - less if not).
When you consider that the early guns were the hardest, and longest, used, and were also subjected to the 1879 recall, it is hard to believe that any GREAT quantity of them are still out there. I certainly don't see them, and I audit sites such as Gunbroker on at least a weekly basis.
In other words, after 40+ years of collecting, I'm not at all at all surprised that most queries here involve high (six-digit) numbers. For example, many rifles from 1889 production were put away new and never used until sold off. The M1888 rod bayonet has a VERY high survival rate. Etc., etc.
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