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Re: Alleged Unit Markings
Posted by Pete Nelson on Thursday, 20 March 2014, at 1:43 p.m., in response to Alleged Unit Markings, posted by John Vagnetti on Thursday, 20 March 2014, at 1:15 p.m.
The only two Springfield "TRAPDOOR" arms I have owned which were stamped with any sort of "unit markings" were:
a) A Model 1888 Rod Bayonet Rifle [S/N 503680] which was stamped very neatly "Co. B-8" on wood of the peak of the comb of the stock just forward of the tang of the Butt Plate).
b) An early Model 1873 Service Rifle [S/N 53760 which is still shown on Al's WebSite] which has, I believe, "X-X" stamped on the comb of the Stock just to the rear of the Tang of the Breech Screw (i.e., the Breech Plug).
I also owned a very early Model 1873 Carbine [S/N 21029] previously owned by the very early (1906) Pennsylvania State Police which was stamped, as was their custom, with the State Police ID ("S.P.F."), Troop Letter ("C"), and Trooper ID Number ("79") along the left-hand side of the Comb of the Stock back toward the aft-end of the wrist [i.e., "S.P.F. C 79"].. Some (Troops "A" and "D", if I remember correctly) placed this ID stamping on the left side of the buttstock, parallel to the curvature of the Butt Plate.
Other than the few occasional barrel-stamped letters ("A", "V", and a few others) I have never owned a "TRAPDOOR" arms which has had any non-customary stamping on any of the metal furniture.
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