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Re: 1873 springfield, history
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 24 April 2011, at 9:11 a.m., in response to 1873 springfield, history, posted by Don Homan on Saturday, 23 April 2011, at 12:16 p.m.
There is no information recorded for that serial number. Is there a stamp in the wood on the left side of the gun, just to the rear of the rear lock-plate screw? Does the barrel have three broad grooves, equal in width to the lands, or six?
The bayonet COULD be original to the rifle, but 40 years is NOT a long look-back, as those things go, and is in fact still well inside the "modern collecting era". I'd guess the chances of them actually being a "set" from time of use are about nil, in all honesty.
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