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Re: 1886 Trapdoor

Posted by John on Saturday, 19 October 2013, at 12:26 p.m., in response to Re: 1886 Trapdoor, posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 19 October 2013, at 11:02 a.m.

I believe Dick is talking about markings on the barrel, but the question seemed to be about a marking near the SWP which suggests it is on the stock.

Single letter marks were used to indicate overhauls or rebuilding at various arsenals at some point, and they were not necessarily logically connected with the activity name. (J for Manila Arsenal- if I recall correctly, as an example.) I think it was circa 1900-1920 before the more familiar series of multiple letters- initials of the activity- were adopted.

These were probably discussed in one of the better books on Krags or M1903s, but I do not recall the exact source.


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