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1873 stamping

Posted by Terry Wagner on Sunday, 19 January 2014, at 7:59 p.m.

My model 1873 rifle,serial number shows 1883 for manufacture. The receiver has 1873 plainly stamped under the US Springfield stamp on the receiver itself. I was looking at other rifles on gun broker and do not see it on others. An 1866 model had 1866 stamped in the far left side of the receiver. Can this be explained?


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