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Re: Springfield Model 1873 Trapdoor
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 12 October 2013, at 4:13 p.m., in response to Springfield Model 1873 Trapdoor, posted by Chuck Teaman on Saturday, 12 October 2013, at 2:09 p.m.
Just what exactly do you mean by a "calibrated front sight"? Or, did you actually mean rear sight? Given that serial number range, you MIGHT have some version of what is known as the "Long Range Rifle". Look in the barrel, are there 3 lands and grooves of near-equal width, or six lands which are much narrower than the grooves. Look CAREFULLY.
Does the buttplate have a pronounced curve for the shoulder with a rounded profile at bottom, or is the plate almost flat, with a distinctly 'pointed' form at the bottom?
Inspector's stamp should be SWP/1881.
Normal rifle: $750-$1250. Long range: $10,000-$30,000, depending on correctness, completeness, and, especially, type of sights. Is the barrel drilled and tapped for a rear sight? If not, is there a sight, or mount for same, on the top of the wrist? Such rifles are known numbered between 162001 and 162048 (I own 162036) so yours would not be unbelievable.
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