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Posted by Ed DiTunno on Tuesday, 8 April 2014, at 9:10 a.m.

A neighbor lady asked me to research this Springfield for her. She's a widow, her husband died 12-13 years ago. I met her only a few days ago as she was selling the last of his reloading gear. After looking over the dies, molds, brass and bullets I know he and I would have hit it off had we met. All the modern firearms were sold just recently.

Prior to his death he told her to never sell the Springfield. "ever". She isn't, but the emphisis "ever" made her curious about it's history. I hope some of you can help me/her out. It's an 1873 trapdoor serial number 247396. The breechblock looks like 1878. There's a very small stock marking with a date 1882. Appears to be a standard rifle. Any information would help, date of manufacture, where issued, etc. It very well may have been a rifle that had just been in his family for generations and him not wanting to have it leave the family, she never asked him while he was living. Thanks, Ed


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