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1873 Trapdoor Carbine

Posted by Michael H. Collins on Sunday, 1 January 2012, at 11:26 p.m.

Happy New Year Folks..I've been looking at one of my early Carbines,putting it away,taking it down and taking it apart and looking at it again only to repeat the process over again. I have mentioned this early carbine on this site before. This carbine has all of the 1st model features. I don't remember the extact SN at this writing but it's in the so called Custer range. It has a short wrist stock with all of the normal but faint cartouches,no provision for cleaning rods in the butt,6 holes under the trigger plate and absolutely no signs of a ram rod channel being filled or a forend tip being altered or relaced.I have used a high powered magnifying glass to analyze the wood grain in the forend area,cleanout hole area and under the buttplate area carefully.I believe that this gun could have one of the 250 replacement stocks sent by Springfield to Ft. Abraham Lincoln to repair broken long wrist stocks. My question to the more knowledgeable folks who contribute on ths site and to the subject as a whole; has anyone ever seen one of these stocks or does anyone have one? If so,does it have any distinguishable features that I should look for? Could mine be something else? The wood to metal fit looks correct and snug. I would appreciate any thoughts or insight any of you may have. Thank you. Sincerely, Michael H. Collins


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