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Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number

Posted by John on Wednesday, 9 October 2013, at 5:23 p.m., in response to Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number, posted by Mark Nakles on Wednesday, 9 October 2013, at 5:01 p.m.

Thanks for the excellent description. There is no documented history on your rifle, but it very likely was carried by some volunteer unit during the Spanish American War.

The fit is so good because these racks were specifically made to fit obsolete U.S. military rifles that surplus dealers could fashion into decorative or utilitarian objects and peddle to the decorator market. Some veterans groups like the Grand Army of the Republic, or United Confederate veterans would buy these for use in their club rooms.

Almost no gun collector back in those days cared about the mountains of Civil War muskets, or clunky old trapdoors, but if they did, they could take their pick for something like $5.00 or less.

A few collectors with perverse tastes like these relics (including me!) while other turn ghastly pale and think murderous thoughts about the perpetrators of such atrocities to a "fine collectible arm."

Shoot me an email if you decide to sell, I will try to convince my wife that one would look good in our hallway.


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