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Re: 5 Land and Groove Barrels

Posted by Don Harpold on Monday, 12 March 2012, at 8:47 p.m., in response to Re: 5 Land and Groove Barrels, posted by Al Frasca on Saturday, 10 March 2012, at 7:04 p.m.

Hello Mr Frasca

I dug out my copy of Man at Arms August 98 and reread the article.

I have a question, in the article it states that;

"The 1880 and 1881 payroll records show the Arsenal Department was actively involved in dismantling over 17,000 Model 1873 arms." And "The flurry of repair activity in 1881 implies that most of the early rifles, carbines and cadet rifles were repaired and returned to service. The repaired arms are denoted by a "star" following the serial number"

If there were that many repaired and cleaned arms wouldn't a "starred" receiver be a little more common?

Is there any documentation of the "star" marking?

I have always had questions on the meaning of the "star".



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