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Trapdoor Carbine 379916
Posted by Glen Holsapple on Tuesday, 13 January 2015, at 9:37 p.m.
We are trying to develop a more complete history of this weapon Springfield US Model 1884 ; serial #379916. I was told the gun is one of a series of 20,000 made over a 4 year stretch from 1886 to 1889 with 5,000 made each year and was issued for war of 1890 and eventually ended up in NJ Reserves. There are 3 cartouches', maybe a 4th. One is on the stock to the left of the strap just below the breach, and clearly is "NJ" inside an "oval". Another is to the right of the strap showing a "SWP" inside of a "rounded edge rectangle" with a date under the initials "1887". a third cartouche is on the bottom of the stock about an inch from the rear of the trigger assembly and appears as a "P" inside a "circle". The last marking on the stock is on the top just next to the butt plate and appears as an X inside a circle. The top of the butt plate has the US stamped next to the top screw. The serial # stamped on the lower section of the breach, a NJ stamped on the left side of barrel in front of the breach door and just above that at a 10:00 position, in front of breach in a vertical method is "V P eagle head P" and next to this mark at a 12:00 position is an "A". These are all the markings we could find, I am hoping you will be able to shed some light in this matter and possibly direct me where I can research (how to research) when/where/to whom the gun was issued as we wish to find out if it actually saw service as a battle weapon in war of 1890. Thank You in advance, Glen Holsapple
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