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Re: model 1873

Posted by Pete Nelson on Wednesday, 28 September 2011, at 12:19 p.m., in response to model 1873, posted by mike on Tuesday, 27 September 2011, at 6:42 p.m.

Good morning, Mike (and "son Ernie"),

I checked through all four Volumes of my SRS "Serial Numbers of U.S. Martial Arms" for your Serial Number 224755, and there was nothing even close in Volumes 3 and 4.

In VOLUME-1 I found 44 entries in the 224000-series, ranging from 224004 through 224963 - - all of which are listed as "84R" (i.e., Model 1884 Service Rifles). The two numbers closest to yours are 225754 (can't get a whoile lot closer than that!) and 224758, both of which are associated with "COMPANY-D OF THE 3RD KENTUCKY VOLUNTEER INFANTRY" and has a "date-of-record" of "98" (1898)listed . And although it is not advised to make inferences based on "close serial numbers", I would point out that of those 44 Model 1884 Rifles listed, all but 2 are associated with that same COMPANY-D OF THE 3RD KENTUCKY VOLUNTEER INFANTRY" - - the other two being with the "6TH VIRGINIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY" (for what that may be worth).

VOLUME-2 listed a total of 22 Rifles in the 224000 series, ranging from 224057 up through 224927 - - the closest to yours being 224424 and 224773. All 22 of these are listed as "84" (Model 1884 Service Rifles), all with "98" listed as the "date-of-record" and associat6ed with "COMPANY-L OF THE 1ST ARKANSAS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY". The last 2 in the series were 224773 (the date-of-record being: "05-22-1943" and listed as "WWII DONATION TO THE U.S. NAVY", usually thought to indicate conversion to and use as a ship-to-ship line-throwing gun)) and 224927 (with a "date-of-record" listed as 03-20-1899" and associated with "COMPANY-C OF THE 4TH NEW JERSEY VOLUNTEER INFANTRY" and listed as "MISSING".

That really doesn't give you much to go on, but, as Dick Hosmer will be quick to point out, substantiated records (between the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C., and the Springfield Research Service in Cabin John, Maryland) exists on something like only 5% of the nearly 500,000 "TRAPDOOR" arms produced by the National Armory at Springfield. And the fact that even that few records exist is due primarily to the dedicated efforts of the late Franklin B. Mallory and a few others.

With best regards,

PETE


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