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Re: 1884 US Springfield SF markings

Posted by John on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, at 12:40 a.m., in response to 1884 US Springfield, posted by Sgt Joe on Monday, 15 October 2012, at 6:17 p.m.

I would like to know if anyone has any thoughts on the SF markings mentioned in Sgt. Joe's post "SF 0 128"

I have a M1896 Krag with similar markings B S.F. 30 which I ended up describing as follows.

Philadelphia elite militia unit State Fencibles used rifle... "Initially I thought these [B/S.F./30] may have indicated San Francisco Police usage, but they seem to have used SFP on their Colt Lightning rifles, and I was unable to verify the marks on any of the other guns they used. However the history of the State Fencibles specifically notes that they had Krag rifles circa 1908-1918 so I think that correctly matches the unit with this rifle, although there are no serial number records to verify anything. The State Fencibles were a Philadelphia militia unit founded in 1813 and active until the post Spanish American War era, serving in all the wars plus various riots or labor disputes. At end of the century, they broke ties with the new National Guard oversight requirements and after a lawsuit in 1901 regained possession of their old Armory, and continued as a quasi-military but primarily social club, lasting until at least 1980. In addition to periodic musters and encampments they participated in drill competition and the like with flamboyant uniforms, returning to the militia traditions of the 19th Century."


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