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Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 26 October 2011, at 11:01 p.m., in response to Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number, posted by W F Arend on Wednesday, 26 October 2011, at 12:31 p.m.
That is a believable carbine number - and, with all due respect to Ernie, four-digit numbers are so close to the centerline that there is no hammer overlap. Sometimes with a six-digit number, the last one will be hiding. When five digits are visible, and the leading digit is a "5" or less, it's best to pull the hammer back.
I did not find any info on that number, but the receiver was made in 1874. 2304, 2309, and 2366 are recorded as carbines. While having no direct bearing on yours, it can be said that a number of the earliest carbines seem to have been issued to the 3rd and 10th cavalry regiments.
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