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Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number

Posted by Ernie on Sunday, 25 December 2011, at 10:23 p.m., in response to Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number, posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 25 December 2011, at 9:00 p.m.

Ted

The letter stamping in front of the Breech Block could denote just about anything.

Springfield Armory did not stamp ANYTHING on the front of the receiver.

This could be a Militia or School stamping. U.S. troops were not allowed to deface their issued weapons in any way.

Receivers were serialized as produced & we generally assume that the Assembly date of the complete weapon will fall within a month of the receiver's production. However specimens have been found that are "out of sequence" by months. The parts came to the assembly line in baskets. Parts could be over-stacked leading to an occasional receiver being buried in the pile. The receiver is the only part of the weapon that is linked to a date of manufacture.

For the sake of sanity we assume that the weapon is a finished assembly in the Qtr. that the receiver was stamped. Given your serial number we would assume that the rifle was completed in the fourth Qtr. 1882.

Ernie


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