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Re: Serial#s trapdoor carbine

Posted by Pete Nelson on Saturday, 14 July 2012, at 11:13 a.m., in response to Serial#s trapdoor carbine, posted by Hector padilla on Saturday, 14 July 2012, at 10:28 a.m.

Good morning, Hector:

I checked through all four Volumes of my Springfield Research Service "SERIAL NUMBERS OF U.S. MARTIAL ARMS and found the following information:


There are no Springfield TRAPDOOR Carbines or Rifles in the entire 141000-series of Serial Numbers of any of those (3) VOLUMES.


Your specific Serial Number 141254 does not appear in VOLUME-3, but it would fall right in the midst of a substantial group of Model 1873, 1877, 1879, and 1884 Carbines - - a number of which were associated with TROOP-L of the 7th Cavalry; the 10th Cavalry; COMPANY-L of the 1st Cavalry; The 8th Cavalry; TROOP-C of the 5th Cavalry; and others [the total spread of these Carbines is from 140412 up through 149221].

The two guns closest S/Ns to your 141254 are:

140726 Model 1879C [Date of Record: 03-14-1888] TROOP-L, 7TH CAVALRY


141676 Model 1873C [Date of Record: 08-03-1888] COMPANY-F, 6TH CAVALRY

I would say that is too much of a spread to encourage drawing any conclusions.

As to the second gun (S/N 142528) that exact S/N is not included in VOLUME-3, but S/N 142500 IS listed as being a Model 1877 Carbine with a Date-of-Record of 03-16-1877 and associated with THE 10TH CAVALRY. Again, probably not enough to make any meaningful inferences from.

With regards,



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