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Re: Documented carbines

Posted by Paul Eshleman on Tuesday, 29 July 2014, at 11:59 a.m., in response to Re: Documented carbines, posted by charles parks on Tuesday, 29 July 2014, at 8:40 a.m.

I posted this about a year ago but I`ll put it again.

This is a letter from Springfield Research Service for information on Trapdoor Carbine S/N 17093.

In response to your request for information on Trapdoor Carbine S/N 17093 please be advised that the records of the US Army Chief of Ordnance`s office shows that this Carbine was turned in to the Cheyenne Ordnance Depot by Maj. A.W. Evans, 3rd Cavalry of Fort Laramie, Wyoming 1879.

The document containing this s/n and the above information was a report by Lt. W.B. Weir of the Ordnance Depot to the Commanding Officer Springfield Armory, describing damage done to 46 Carbines and 11 Rifles that he had shipped to the Armory for repair or salvage. Originally this document included from the commands responsible for the weapons explaining on how the damage occurred. As indicated in the enclosed copy, S/N 17093 had a swollen barrel at the muzzle. (Blocked bore when fired) most likely the reason. As an aside, Lt. Weir was killed in action with the UTE Indians just 3 months from filing this report.

The information on s/n 17093 was found in the Chief of Ordnance correspondence files at the National Archives. This specific citation for the enclosed copy is record group 156 file 525 (1879).

I have copy`s of the original documents that has 4 pages of serial #s from the National Archives and look up inventory on this Carbine. I`m sure someone here has the same information. Does anyone on here have any information on a rifle or carbine similar to this? I`m sure there must some out there.

Paul Eshleman


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