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Re: 1873 Springfield Rifle Serial Number

Posted by John (S) on Friday, 23 August 2013, at 12:58 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 Springfield Rifle Serial Number, posted by John on Thursday, 22 August 2013, at 11:56 p.m.

As Art noted, there is no SRS data for that number. In the "close but no cigar" spirit, within about 150 numbers of 152075 we find rifles that were in the hands of volunteer units in 1898, including: CO I 1ST LA VOL INF CO F 2ND TENN VOL INF CO B 3RD TENN VOL INF Expaning out to a range of +/- 200 numbers we add in these units: CO A 2ND NC VOL INF CO G 15TH PA VOL INF

Now, that shows almost anything is possible.

But, there are some clusters within about 150 numbers of your rifle. The 1st LA Company I had 11 numbers and the 2nd Tennessee Company F had 18 numbers. Remember that rifles were not assembled, or boxed in exact serial number sequence. Crates were not shipped in exact sequence that they were filled. Records have not survived for all units, or even all companies of a single unit. Numbers not found in the records could reflect rifles assembled at a much different date, packed in different crates, shipped to different units on a different date, or perhaps left in storage and never issued at all.

That is why any gun with a documented history is such a special thing for those interested in the history as contrasted with the "condition collector" who wants a pristine example never used by anyone.


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