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Re: 5 Land and Groove Barrels

Posted by Al Frasca on Tuesday, 13 March 2012, at 3:45 a.m., in response to Re: 5 Land and Groove Barrels, posted by Don Harpold on Monday, 12 March 2012, at 8:47 p.m.

Don, in Book II there is a detailed chapter on the star marked receivers. In Nov. 1879, the COO wrote to all the posts asking that all arms with serial numbers less thn 50,000 be returned and replacement arms would be supplied. By January, there were over 30,000 arms returned. These arms and any arms in the arsenal with SNs less than 50,000 were disassembled and processed in batches. That is why the starred rifles appear in batches along with the starred carbines. The men in the armory did the disassembly and final assembly of the starred arms. The number of starred rifles and starred carbines is high and often seen. To estimate the number of starred arms produced, compare the final serial numbers for arms produced in late 1880,1881 and 1882 with what Springfield lists as the final numbers. (This comparison is on the home page of the web site under PRODUCTION DATA). Springfield's tally does not include the starred arms because they are repaired and not new. Plus, the national guard funds paid for them, not the NEW ARMS Appropriation. This discrepancy lasts throughout production, but becomes less significant as the total number of guns increases. The second such descrepancy occurs in 1891 when Springfield produced a large number of NEW M88s with lower serial numbers which "somewhat corrects" the error. Also, anytime Springfield repaired a gun using a new receiver (except for late 1880, 1881 and 1882), the Springfield tally remained the same for that year, but the observed final production number for that specific year went up.


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