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trapdoor Springfield carbine vs cut-down rifle

Posted by Brian Meyette on Wednesday, 29 October 2014, at 2:45 p.m.

I'm a neophyte at trapdoor Springfields, but it's my understanding that one way to tell the difference between a genuine carbine and a rifle that's been cut down is the rifle had a door in the buttplate and a hole in the forestock for a cleaning rod.

So, if the "carbine" in question has a buttplate with a door (or a solid buttplate, but a hole in the stock under the buttplate), then it's a cut-down rifle, not a real carbine. Also, if there's a hole (or wood patch) in the forestock, then it's a cut-down rifle. Are these assumptions true? This is a model 1873 I am referring to specifically, although I understand it pertains to all of the trapdoor Springfields.

Any assistance or enlightenment will be greatly appreciated.


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