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Re: 1873 stamping
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 19 January 2014, at 11:51 p.m., in response to 1873 stamping, posted by Terry Wagner on Sunday, 19 January 2014, at 7:59 p.m.
What you are referring to as the "receiver" is, I believe, the "lockplate" where the hammer is mounted? Trapdoors below ABOUT 75000 are dated 1873 there, below "Springfield" - later ones are blank. Lockplates bearing 1883 or 1884 dates are bogus. An 1883 production gun would not be expected to have a dated lockplate.
1866 models have "1866" in tiny numbers on the top of the breechblock, nowhere else. .50 caliber TDs use CW era dated lockplates - 1862 through 1865 are known - NONE were dated 1866, a few were dated 1867, but that is a special case.
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