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Re: Nickel plating
Posted by John (S) on Thursday, 13 March 2014, at 8:47 a.m., in response to Re: Nickel plating, posted by Chris holsapple on Wednesday, 12 March 2014, at 9:28 p.m.
There were a few hundred Model 1868 trapdoors which were officially nickel plated for test of the (then new) finishing process which was commercially viable and starting to be used on firearms.
A number of rifles were plated by (as I recall) three different vendors and then subjected to exposure tests to see how they held up. Apparently the benefits were deemed not worth the costs, and the process was not adopted for regular use.
After that, I do not recall any official nickel plating of Springfield arms until circa 1918 when some bayonets were plated (but not rifles).
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