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Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 23 May 2012, at 4:27 p.m., in response to Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number, posted by Roger Peart on Wednesday, 23 May 2012, at 4:16 p.m.
That (1893/1894) receiver number would not originally have had that barrel length.
The last run of 5000 carbines was made in 1889, with numbers in the 455000 range.
So, someone has been at it - and there is really no way to tell, without a careful examination, whether that work was part of a legitimate military overhaul in 1898, or a modification done - for hunting purposes, perhaps - in a garage in the 1950s.
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