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5 Land and Groove Barrels
Posted by Al Frasca on Friday, 9 March 2012, at 9:44 p.m.
I believe the five land and groove barrels were made for Whitney arms. The barrels are marked with the large V/P/eagle but no final P since the barrels were never finally fired with a receiver. Also, the letter on the top of the barrel is missing. This MAY mean that Springfield did not rifle or straighten the barrel. Springfield rifling stations were equipped to cut multiples of three lands and groves. To convert them to five lands andgroves for a small number of barrels does not seem reasonable. Also, the barrel just looked at today had the two large burst test marks on the bottom and a solid front sight. The SN was 115??? making the receiver an 1879 production item. The solid front sight was discontinued in early 1877.
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