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Re: How to research trap door serial number for history

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 27 August 2013, at 4:39 p.m., in response to Re: How to research trap door serial number for history, posted by Gail on Tuesday, 27 August 2013, at 2:17 p.m.

Well, as sadly suspected, no cigar.

1884 Rifle 391701 has two 1898 citations, first to Co. "E" of the 2nd Alabama Volunteer Infantry, later Co. "B" of the 1st Alabama Volunteer Infantry, so there must have been some reassignment at the state level.

1884 Rifle 391754 has one (also 1898) citation to Co. "L" of the 20th Kansas Volunteer Infantry.

No data is known to have survived for ANY intervening rifles, though similar usage is quite likely, as many "trapdoors" saw service in State units during the Spanish-American War and the later Philippine Insurrection. Some units, and their TDs, went overseas, but most did not. By that time, the West had pretty well "calmed down" and, in any event, most of the actual fighting on the frontier was done by cavalry units, which carried carbines.

A couple of modestly priced books (for a signed copy of mine, on the .58 and .50 models, send $25 to POB 1367 Colusa CA 95932) on the trapdoor are available from North Cape Publications, and if you really get hooked. Al Frasca - who owns this board - has written two excellent volumes for those at the upper level of interest.


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