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Re: 1873 springfield, history
Posted by Ken Smith on Saturday, 23 April 2011, at 4:45 p.m., in response to 1873 springfield, history, posted by Don Homan on Saturday, 23 April 2011, at 12:16 p.m.
Hi Don, It is probably a rare occasion to find a bayonet with the rifle. But as bayonets were issued to Infantry troops with the rifle, it sounds as if these two may have been partners for a long time. Bayonets served no purpose on campaigns out West other than a candle holder. The bayonet was fixed on Parade Dress and Formal ceremonies only with the Infantry. As with the sabre for Cavalry, it served no purpose other than Formal occasions. Have your rifle checked out thoroughly, and consider loading black powder cartridges for it. These rifles are more enjoyable out on the range than in a closet or hanging over the mantle. Was the bayonet in its scabbard or fixed to the rifle? Just guessing at the serial number range, I would say your rifle dates to the middle to late 1870s. But there are gentlemen on this sight who can nail that down a little further. Good luck. Regards, Ken
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