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Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 3 March 2014, at 3:23 a.m., in response to Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number, posted by Mark Jones on Monday, 3 March 2014, at 2:01 a.m.
Well, there is an apparent major mismatch, as, while the "Model 1884" and "SWP/1889" agree perfectly, the serial is about 300,000 off! Are you sure that is not 485640? That would make all parts of the same era.
When one finds a "new" appearing trapdoor, it almost always seems to be dated 1889. My theory on this is that they produced arms ahead of need, and so, when the rod-bayonet rifle was adopted in 1888, the arms which had accumulated in ready storage - stayed in storage, until disposed of as surplus in the early to mid-20th century. I have a rifle fairly close to yours which also seems brand new - I was told that it came from a crate opened in the 1950s.
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