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Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 21 March 2012, at 12:01 p.m., in response to Re: TRAPDOOR CARBINE SER #, posted by Bob Burns on Wednesday, 21 March 2012, at 10:36 a.m.

A "missed star" would be MOST unlikely. If it has all genuine parts it could be an arsenal overhaul. Many such arms were refurbed during the Span-Am war period, and the government would not have cared as to whether a rifle receiver was used to make up a serviceable carbine. Or, it could be a recent put-together - you are quite correct that "they are out there"!!! The arm in question would have to be examined by someone knowledgeable.

I think you may be describing the "Maltese cross" marking which has been seen on other TD rod-bayonet rifles. If so, I believe it was a unit marking and had NOTHING to do with not being fired. AFAIK, there were NO rifles made (excluding the fencing muskets for bayonet practice in the post-1903 period) by SA which were not meant to be fired.


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