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Re: Trapdoor Carbine 379916

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 13 January 2015, at 11:42 p.m., in response to Trapdoor Carbine 379916, posted by Glen Holsapple on Tuesday, 13 January 2015, at 9:37 p.m.

Just over 21,000 carbines were made during the period 1886-1889. Your niumber does correspond to 1887. All of the marks noted are common to all "trapdoors" , with the exception of those specific to New Jersey, which may include the "circle-X", as it is not a normal marking, and I do not have a meaning for it.

Unfortunately, that number does not come up in the *available records, there being nothing logged between 379756 and 380859. Both of those numbers were shown as carbines, with multiple similar listings above and below. There is no suggestion of New Jersey use, but, that is a fair-sized gap.

*I do not like to be a wet blanket, but the National Archives have been searched, by competent and dedicated scholars, for well over a hundred man-years. The likelihood of any new data turning up is just about non-existant.

FWIW, what, exactly, is the "war of 1890" to which you refer? Given issuance to State troops, frontier usage is pretty well ruled out, but such guns did see militia service in the Spanish-American War of 1898.


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