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Re: 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle Info

Posted by Ken Smith on Monday, 4 June 2012, at 7:35 p.m., in response to 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle Info, posted by Bill Carlson on Monday, 4 June 2012, at 7:12 p.m.

Hi Bill, Welcome. You've come to the right place. We will treat you so many ways, you're bound to like one of them. I will leave the serial number stuff to one of the other gents who has lots more expertise than me. I don't know what you already know about your rifle, so please don't take anything I say here personally. Your rifle was manufactured at the Government Armory at Springfield, Mass in the 1870s or early 1880s. It is .45 caliber. These arms were the standard issue to U.S. Infantry troops, while the Cavalry was issued a carbine, until the adoption of the .30-40 Krag in 1893. Value of the piece will vary as many factors are involved. I am quite sure there will be some of the other Gentlemen jump in here and offer you further information as to manufacture year, and other information you may seek. Good luck. Regards, Ken


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