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1873 springfield, history

Posted by Don Homan on Saturday, 23 April 2011, at 12:16 p.m.

I have an 1873 Springfield serial number 108355 with bayonet. The only markings are the eagle and Springfield name on the right side,the serial number, the 1873 designation on the trap door, "US" stamped on the butt plate, a "U" on each of the metal barrel straps and on the left side of the base of the barrel the letters V P then a mark I cannot distinguish and the letter P. The markings the metal are all in excellent condition and the stock is in good shape. The inside of the barrel appears shiny. I have had the gun for almost 40 years and haven't done anything with it other than the oil the stock and clean the gun once and a while. My father bought it in north central Iowa when a building was being cleaned out and they found it. Is having the bayonet common? or do most guns of this type have the bayonet yet?

Can you tell when this was made and who it was issued to? I can send pictures if you like. I don't know how to get them on this e-mail


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