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Re: 1873 Trapdoor Springfield Value
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 29 December 2011, at 10:36 a.m., in response to 1873 Trapdoor Springfield Value, posted by R. Dimond on Thursday, 29 December 2011, at 9:58 a.m.
Well, someone has done something to it, as the rear sights were not marked with a "C" until MUCH later than 39517 (unless there is - as I'm beginning to suspect - another digit under the hammer?). Your comment about the "1878" is disturbing, because that oft-argued about "feature" is also much later - the block type at 39517 should be marked "MODEL/1873/eagle head/crossed arrows/US.
If the sight is the ONLY change (pics are going to be required) the gun could be fairly valuable as it would be a "1st model" carbine from the Custer period. 39490 and 39536 are recorded as being such carbines.
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