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Re: 1873 Springfield carbine

Posted by Pete Nelson on Tuesday, 15 May 2012, at 7:24 p.m., in response to 1873 Springfield carbine, posted by Richard Dunning on Tuesday, 15 May 2012, at 5:57 p.m.

Good evening, Richard,

Well, I checked all (4) VOLUMES of the SPRINGFIELD RESEARCH SERVICE "SERIAL NUMBERS OF U.S. MARTIAL ARMS" for your S/N 33729, and while that S/N is NOT a "direct hit" it DOES appear amoung a group a Model 1873 Carbines in VOLUMES 1, 2, 3, and 4 and is close to which are listed as being Model 1873 Carbines [that is they are listed as Code "73C"). The closest S/Ns I located were:


33155; 33815 [10-01-1879, CAPTURED FROM INDIANS); and 33911.


33009 (06-06-1878, TO FORT LINCOLN FROM TONGUE RIVER); 33687 (10-25-1876, USED IN AMMUNITION TESTS AT SPRINGFIELD ARMORY); 33759 and 33874(both 04-01-1878, both FORT KEOGH (SURVEYED)).


33063 (04-20-1920, INQUIRY); 33082 (04-29-1879, TROOP-B 5TH CAVALRY); 33387 (04-29-1879, 5TH CAVALRY); 33627 (11-15-1879, 4TH CAVALRY); and 33866 (04-29-1879, 3RD CAVALRY).


33303 (07-24-1877, FORT LARAMIE), 33687 (01-29-1892, S.A. MUSEUM/SPAR 6040); 33829 (01-29-1892, S.A. MUSEUM SPAR 6049); 33911 (01-29-1892, S.A. MUSEUM SPAR 6053); and 33941 (01-29-1892, S.A. MUSEUM SPAR 5983).

(NOTE: The SPAR is a SPringfield ARmory Catalog or Display Inventory Number assigned to the various firearms exhibited in the Museum at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site in Springfield, Massachusetts, which is now operated by the National Park Service).

I hope that this will be of some halp to you Richard.

With best regards,



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