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Re: US SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1873 TRAPDOOR
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 9 October 2014, at 1:55 p.m., in response to US SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1873 TRAPDOOR, posted by John Graham on Thursday, 9 October 2014, at 11:44 a.m.
Apparently, it is a carbine?
Does the rear sight have slotted or slotless screws?
The buckhorn sight and dated lockplate are potential red flags against total originality, especially the sight - since they were so in love with the "new" 1884 Buffington that it was added to many older pieces. Oddly enough, the 1873-dated breechblock could be OK.
This may be one of those cases where one just has to consider that, to the army, it was a tool, to be maintained in functional order. Obviously, the concept of maintaining collector originality did not exist.
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