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Need help with identification specifics

Posted by Andrew Eliason on Monday, 10 March 2014, at 1:40 p.m.

I have been entrusted with the care of a friend's Springfield Trapdoor. First I need to find out exactly what it is. There are no markings on the trapdoor piece itself. The serial number is 383609 on the breech block. Springfield US on the side plate. The Full Eagle is partially obliterated. It has the fearsome three sided bayonet. Vertical VP Eagle head C on the barrel. Rear sight has a single screw windage knob with vernier markings at the rear. The gun appears blued, not browned, with some rust pitting. I'd like any information you can provide about this gun.  Also, what I should/should not do to clean it up. Thank you. 


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