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Re: 1873 Springfield Rifle Serial Number

Posted by Pete Nelson on Thursday, 12 July 2012, at 8:55 a.m., in response to Re: 1873 Springfield Rifle Serial Number, posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 11 July 2012, at 11:34 p.m.

Ditto, Dick! I researched my 4-Volume set of SRS "SERIAL NUMBERS OF U.S. MARTIAL ARMS" and attempted to E-Mail him on Monday, 09 July - - only to get the screen message "COULD NOT PERFORM THIS OPERATION BECAUSE THE DEFAULT MAIL CLIENT IS NOT PROPERLY INSTALLED" (I get this same message anytime I try to click on the blue underlined name of the "posted by" individual). I resorted to the E-Mail route when my detailed "MESSAGE" here on the DISCUSSION BOARD got wiped out (my usual problem) when I tried to post it.

Anyway, in checking the 4 Volumes I find nothing at all close (and they are all listed as either Model 1884 Service Rifles (Code "84R") or (1) Model 1884 CADET Rifle (Code "84A", that being S/N 482034). But checking the "MODEL 1884 RIFLE PRODUCTION" chart (Page 275 in Al's BOOK II) the Serial Numbers start at a bit below 265000 and run through a bit below 502000. The switch from the "U.S./MODEL/1873" to "U.S./MODEL/1884" stamping on the Breech Block was made at S/N circa 367000, so with the S/N of 491977 his Block SHOULD be stamped "1884". But there were no S/Ns anywhere close in VOLUME-3, VOLUME-4, or VOLUME-2 (the closest ones were 491614 and 492056).

Sorry, but nothing even close anough for an "extrapolated guess" (bad term), ande definitely no "hits". Sorry...



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