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Re: 1873 Springfield Rifle Serial Number

Posted by Ernie on Wednesday, 11 July 2012, at 10:43 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 Springfield Rifle Serial Number, posted by Laurence Delaroderie on Monday, 9 July 2012, at 2:15 p.m.


Looks like no one has jumped in here. I have been out of town chasing phantom rifles (300 miles & no luck).

491977 was produced July--Sept. 1890.

The barrel would be 32&5/8 inches for a rifle. The Cadet rifle has a 29.6 inch barrel. The carbine barrel is 22 inches long. ANYTHING other than these measurements is not Standard Issue & would indicate that the barrel has been altered.

The proper way to measure the barrel length is to close the Breech Block & insert a rod into the barrel till it contacts the face of the BB. Mark the rod & measure the length.


As for records. There is very little data about issuance of weapons in the 1800's. One of the guys with SRS data may be able to pinpoint a unit but that is about all that can be gathered.


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