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Re: Tracing Springfield 1873 rifle
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 6 May 2012, at 3:38 p.m., in response to Re: Tracing Springfield 1873 rifle, posted by Richard L Beck on Sunday, 6 May 2012, at 3:25 p.m.
If you have given the full number, it was made at the Springfield Armory, in Springfield, Massachusetts, around 1875.
The "86" on the top of the breechblock is a total mystery, and was likely NOT applied officially. Is that the ONLY marking there?
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