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Re: 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle Info

Posted by Pete Nelson on Monday, 4 June 2012, at 9:22 p.m., in response to 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle Info, posted by Bill Carlson on Monday, 4 June 2012, at 7:12 p.m.

Good evening, Bill,

Well, I searched VOLUMES 1-4 in the Springfield Research Service (SRS) "SERIAL NUMBERS OF U.S. MARTIAL ARMS" (since the formerly-available-on-line InterNet service is no longer available and the printed/bound 4-Volume sets are no longer in print) and found the following:


[This is the closest to your S/N 267874 that I was ab le to find]

267845 A Model 1884 Service Rifle (1898 is the date-of-record listed) The gun wsas identified to COMPANY-B OF THE 2ND U.S. VOLUNTEER ENGINEERS.


The following are listed as Model 1884 Service Rifles (Model Code "84R") with a common "date-of-record" listed simply as "1898".

S/Ns 267007, 267012, 267022, 267044, and 267045. All were identified with COMPANY-E OF THE 2ND SOUTH CAROLINA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY.


Only a single gun (a Model 1873 Service Rifle) S/N 267007 LISTED TWICE with dates of record of 07-11-1884 and 04-23-1885 and both times identified with BATTERY-L OF THE SND ARTILLERY.


There were no guns whatsoever listed in the 267000 Serial Number series.

This probably is not a whole lot of help to you, but something like not even quite 5% of the nearly 500,000 Sptingfield arms (from the Model 1865 "1st Allin Alteration" design, which were NOT serialized, up through the Model 1888 Round Rod Bayonet Rifles which ceased production in late 1893, prior to the new .30-40 Krag-Jorgensen Carbines and Rifles, found gthepr way into the SRS archives - - and that only to the due diligence of Franklin B. Mallory, founder and Chief Researcher of the SRS (who passed away in 2004.

With very best regards,



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