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Re: 1873 trapdoor
Posted by John (S) on Sunday, 20 April 2014, at 12:22 p.m., in response to 1873 trapdoor, posted by bob west on Saturday, 19 April 2014, at 9:22 p.m.
Sorry, no info at all on 180050. Nearby numbers include carbines, cadet rifles and regular infantry rifles, so we cannot even come up with a really high probability of what the original configuration was.
Still, all trapdoors are neat guns, and the monetary value ranges from modest for parts guns and "mixed model shooter" grade guns or totally correct guns in lower condition grades, up to some pretty good values for really nice unmolested guns. Many of us started off with a single trapdoor and discovered we "needed" all three basic models (rifle, cadet rifle and carbine). Then, we discovered that each of those was made in several different "year" models. And, then there are the oddball limited production and trial guns few of us ever though we would own, but eventually got lucky, or paid the price and added those.
These things can be addictive!
But, EVERYONE needs to shoot at least a box of ammo through a trapdoor, just for fun. Don't worry too much about the fanatics who want the best accuracy and will spend hours custom loading ammo, grab a commercial box of ammo (make sure it is the type safe for use in trapdoors, not super hot stuff for some of the newer guns) and blast away. Ammo with blackpowder, or a blackpowder substitute like pyrodex is the most fun because you get the huge clouds of smoke, which is a significant part of the historical background.
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