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Re: Springfield M1873 ID Help

Posted by John on Friday, 20 July 2012, at 10:05 p.m., in response to Re: Springfield M1873 ID Help, posted by Rob on Friday, 20 July 2012, at 8:51 p.m.

Therein lies the dilemma for collectors.

To some "correct" means exactly as a gun passed out of Springfield Armory on the way to the military storekeeper for future issue and use.

To others, "correct" means as it was when last used by the military, after whatever upgrades, modifications, repairs or replacements and refinishing had taken place.

Is a M1879 rifle that was "cleaned and repaired" after documented service with a Volunteer unit in the Spanish American War and placed in war reserve inventory for future use "correct" and collectable? Or would it only be collectable if it sat in an arms chest from 1879 until sold by Bannerman in the 1940s?

Is a Hall carbine correct and collectable after being converted by the Confederates from a breechloader to a muzzleloader? How about a WW1 M1903 Springfield that was rebuilt by the USMC into a M1903A1, and recovered from one of the ships sunk at Pearl Harbor?

Some collectors use the term "evolved" to describe arms that had authroized modifications made and remain that way. (Flintlock muskets converted to percussion for use in the Civil War, for example.)

Me, I like them all.


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