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Re: How to research trap door serial number for history
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 30 August 2013, at 10:38 a.m., in response to Re: How to research trap door serial number for history, posted by Joe on Friday, 30 August 2013, at 9:00 a.m.
It's not a stupid question, and results from the continued distribution (despite warnings to the contrary) of the erroneous data put forth in the 1980 Waite-Ernst book.
The table involved is VERY handy, and in the early years, quite accurate - BUT - once it passes the early 1880s (the star period) it gets progressively out of whack, ultimately to the tune of around 20,000, thus it is NOT entirely dependable at the range noted. "Marker" guns, made in low quantities, such as the long-range rifles, and the 1000 "M1879" cadets (known to occur around 205,000) clearly illustrate the problem.
Al was the discoverer of this phenomenon, and can likely explain it in a far more scholarly manner.
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