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RSS cartouche on .45 Trapdoor?

Posted by Vernz on Saturday, 15 February 2014, at 4:20 p.m.

Today I saw an 1873 .45 Springfield (trapdoor) with a very clear "RSS" cartouche on the wrist. It is in a rectangle with no date. The rifle has a 25 thousand receiver, 1873 high arch block, 1884 lockplate, 1879 rear sight, and early ramrod. The RSS is in the same style as a SWP cartouche. I can find no information on that cartouche. The stock look as though it was sanded at some time as the wood is high around the lockplate bolts however the wood is very proud of the lockplate. Can anyone help me with this?


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