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Re: model 1884
Posted by Ken Smith on Saturday, 23 April 2011, at 3:03 p.m., in response to model 1884, posted by Judy on Saturday, 23 April 2011, at 10:23 a.m.
Hi Judy, There could be serial number information available, but I don't have those kinds of records. There are gentlemen on this site who may however be able to help you with this. Is your Springfield a rifle or carbine? The rifle has a 32 inch barrel, while the carbine has a 22 inch. The initials you describe are the Master Armourers Cartouche, and read SWP, for Samuel W. Porter. Careful cleaning of the cartouche may reveal the year of inspection a little clearer. Inspect in good light, at different angles using a magnifying glass. Your Springfields caliber is .45, and was standard issue to U.S. Army troops from 1873 to 1893, when it was replaced by the .30-40 Krag. It is definately a piece to care for and preserve. They can also be fired using the proper black powder ammunition, or smokeless powder using black powder pressure equilavents, that is, only if it is deemed in serviceable condition by a competent gunsmith. Good luck. Regards, Ken
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