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7th Cav trap door?
Posted by Paul Voelker on Wednesday, 26 June 2013, at 8:59 p.m.
Sir, Today I was shown an 1873 trapdoor, model 1888, made in 1892, that had curious markings on the stock. Near the butt plate, on the left side an a very well embossed #7 in an stylized font, approx. 3" tall. On the right side, same location was a matching #7, 2" tall, with the number 658 below it. Both sets of marking appear to be as old as the rifle, and are extremely well done. Stenciled on the back bone of the rifle, near the butt plate, in red, was a capitol G over the number 78.
This trap door is a rifle, not carbine, and is in (easily) NRA 95% condition. The question is, could this be, based on the #7, a rifle from the 7th, circa 1892-1895? I can send pictures.
Also, the firearm is for sale and if the 7th Cav ASSN is interested, let me know.
Paul Voelker Major CA-ARNG (SMR)
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