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Re: Re1873 Springfield breachblock ?
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 30 November 2013, at 9:04 a.m., in response to Re1873 Springfield breachblock ?, posted by charles parks on Saturday, 30 November 2013, at 8:39 a.m.
Excluding the minor comb variations which occur on the first style high arch blocks, there are three basic varieties which occur before the width change at 96300, in the following order:
(1) Narrow block, high arch, eagle & arrows (1-70,000)
(2) Narrow block, high arch, US model 1873 (70,000-85,000)
(3) Narrow block, LOW arch, US Model 1873 (85,000-96,300)
SERIAL BREAKS FOR 1-2 AND 2-3 ARE APPROXIMATE ONLY!!!!!!!!
So, that is an unusually early appearance of the (2) block. It is also a bit low for the Metcalfe, which is normally ascribed to the 60-66000 range. Another problem with the Metcalfe is that they were supposedly all disassembled, and that those which show up today are invariably put-togethers, as I've always acknowledged of my 61529. Your rifle should be looked at by an expert, to attempt to determine whether or not it MIGHT be original, as the number is not TOTALLY unbelievable.
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