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Re: Alleged Unit Markings

Posted by John Vagnetti on Friday, 21 March 2014, at 4:58 a.m., in response to Re: Alleged Unit Markings, posted by Lee T. on Friday, 21 March 2014, at 1:16 a.m.

My thanks to all who responded. As I said in my initial post I am skeptical of these markings and just wanted to know if anyone has seen any similar makings in the same location, thereby suggesting compliance with some sort of directive or an adopted protocol; or some fraud who wanted to enhance the saleability of these arms and stamped others in the same place.

Yes, I suppose they could be rack numbers, although they would not be visible if the carbine was in a rack. The rack numbers that I have seen in the past have either been stamped into the tang of the butt plate or on the stock - on the lower side of the stock (either side) or on the thick part of the comb just above butt plate tang.

In any case I'm keeping the carbine, because it is a very nice example of one of these great old guns, but I am not going to place any credibility on the markings until if and when I get enough evidence to do do.

One last request again, although a number of states had a 9th cavalry during the Civil War, long before the arrival of the Springfield Carbine, does anyone know of non-Federal unit with such a designation during the period of the carbine's likely use, say 1881 to 1901?

Again, Thanks to all.


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