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inherited 1863 trapdoor rifle

Posted by Buck Loomis on Saturday, 29 March 2014, at 11:56 p.m.

I recently inherited a nice 1863 Springfield trapdoor rifle. I have looked as much as I can on the web, but I still have some questions that you might be able to answer. The rifle has matching serial numbers on both the receiver and barrel. The number is 18616. however, the chamber has no numbers on it. The trapdoor that raises up also is much thicker from the side than the ones that I see on most sites. Also, the butt plate is brass with no markings. There are no inspection marks on the wood anywhere that I can find. I know this rifle is real and not a replica because it has been in the family for over 100 years and passed down from my grandfather to my father then me. In the 70s my brother had som missing pieces put on from a gunsmith, but for the most the gun is original. The sights are also one piece and not two piece fold up ones that I have also seen. They do stand up, but don't fold out or have any numbering on them. The rifle also has only two barrel bands, not three with the strap holder on the front band. Any help would be great. Thanks


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