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Re: Model 1873 Rifle

Posted by John on Saturday, 7 May 2011, at 12:41 p.m., in response to Re: Model 1873 Rifle, posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 7 May 2011, at 9:45 a.m.

Kansas sid have a lot of trapdoor rifles in use by their national guard/volunteer units in the Spanish American War era, and likely well into the WW1 period.

In addition, I recall seeing that Kansas had some trapdoors which were provided in the 1920s for protection against bank robbers and the like. I would expect the Kansas property markings to be more likely applied to these than to the rifles in military use.

I further suspect that some of the obsolete trapdoors may have been used for prison guards and the like, which would probably be marked like yours, but such use and markings are more speculation than a reflection of any hard data.

Of course, the rifle could have been left there when some kid got tired of playing cowboy and indians in the 1940s-60s when trspdoors were basically considered to be worthless junk.

Anyone is free to make up their own story to complement the very likely true story from the previous owner.


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