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Re: 1873 Springfield trapdoor

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 25 March 2011, at 6:56 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 Springfield trapdoor, posted by SKIPH on Friday, 25 March 2011, at 4:02 p.m.

Sorry to have mislead you - the list I've been compiling is of "First Model" (also known as "long wrist") 1873 carbines, UNDER 50,000 ONLY. While later carbines are certainly of historic interest, my focus was on those which could have, at least theoretically, been at the Custer battle. The highest known s/n with good provenance to LBH is 43617. I own three early carbines, one being 43584.

The 50,000 cutoff point was chosen arbitrarily - in actuality, the highest early carbine numbers will be found in the 48,000 range. Carbine production halted in 1875, after some 20,073 had been made - and was not resumed until APPROXIMATELY the 75,000 range.

Thanks for your interest, and sorry about not logging your number.


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