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M1888 serial numbers

Posted by Lincoln on Tuesday, 25 March 2014, at 10:09 p.m.

I've run across a few M1888 rifles with serial numbers that way off from what the normal range is. Both were in the 200xxx range. On both of them the patina on the barrel and receiver match perfectly so if the receiver was changed it had to have been long ago. Did Springfield build M1888 rifles using or reusing older receivers, or have these guns put together from parts somewhere along the line?


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