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Re: Springfield Trapdoor SN: 125579
Posted by John S. on Thursday, 24 July 2014, at 9:30 p.m., in response to Re: Springfield Trapdoor SN: 125579, posted by Tom Trevor on Thursday, 24 July 2014, at 5:54 p.m.
Or, maybe it was left in a crate at some ordnance depot until declared surplus and sold after 1900. Or, issued to [state of your choice] for militia use and stolen by one of the militiamen and used for poaching deer.
Or, it may be a rifle, cleverly altered into carbine configuration by some scoundrel.
Close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades, and while the SRS data opens a window of "possible" usage, the absence of an exact match means that any and all alternative explanations are equally likely.
The SRS database has 99 listings for numbers within 1,000 either side of 125579. That includes 77 carbines, 21 rifles and one cadet rifle. Seventeen different units are listed where the arm is identified as being a rifle, plus one cadet rifle. Nine different units are associated with carbines within that range. In some cases, it is a single entry for a unit, in others there are a handful to a dozen or more entries for a single unit.
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