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Serial number for 1873 trapdoor

Posted by Jay on Monday, 9 May 2011, at 2:33 p.m.

All,

I purchased an 1873 trapdoor rifle (32") over the weekend at an estate sale. S.N.#283879. The fore stock was roughly whittled off just above the bottom barrel ring. It's now sort of a home-made carbine with a long barrel and no rod. I haven't opened it up or even cleaned the bore yet.

The 86 year old owner said that his grand father "took it off an Indian".

The wood is pretty rough and it has some exterior rust pitting. It is just a wall hanger but I would sure like to know approximately when it was made.

Any information will be appreciated. Jay


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