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Re: 1873 springfield, history
Posted by Ernie Brandt on Sunday, 24 April 2011, at 1:19 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 springfield, history, posted by Ken Smith on Saturday, 23 April 2011, at 4:45 p.m.
Date of Manufacture of the receiver (not necessarily production date) was Apr.-June 1879.
Check the Cartouche date on the left side (opposite from lock plate) to see if it is dated 1879.
I would not put too much store on the bayonet being the same one issued to the rifle. Just having a bayonet to go with it is a plus to the assembly. If you do not have the scabbard, they can be found. This & a period sling will complete the set.
This serial range will have the "Buckhorn" sight. UNLESS it was refitted with the "Buffington" sight at a later date. If your has the Buckhorn are the screws slotted or un-slotted? Un-slotted screws usually denotes the that the rifle has not been messed with.
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