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Another Trapdoor organ donor reborn as Whitney musket

Posted by John (S) on Saturday, 19 April 2014, at 12:34 a.m.

Just spotted another one of these at the Reno show. This one had heavy even patina over all metal parts, so nothing has been changed in recent history.

Same basic M1863 Type 1 musket, but with all parts except lock blued. Trigger guard and trigger plate are cast replacements and buttplate lacking U.S. on the tang also seems to be non-original part. Eagle over WHITNEY ARMS CO.stamped on the right side of the butt.

I appreciate the previous response calling up George Moller's Volume 3 comments documenting that Whitney bought some M1863 muskets and resold them with their butt stamp added, circa 1867-1868 (IF I have the dates correct, I don't have access to Moller's book right now.)

However, after seeing two of these with replacements for parts which were commonly stripped for reuse during the .45-70 era some years after the events documented above, I think these may reflect a different set of events.

I have great respect for George Moller's research, and do not doubt that the events took place as he described, but I think these guns are evidence of other events. Again, I postulate these as being the reborn "organ donor" ancestors of .45-70 trapdoors.


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