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Re: Springfield Model 1873 trapdoor rifle
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 10 February 2015, at 2:40 p.m., in response to Re: Springfield Model 1873 trapdoor rifle, posted by Bill Macke on Tuesday, 10 February 2015, at 2:28 p.m.
Bill, are you saying that the lock-plate (on right side, behind hammer) does not say "US"/"Springfield"? If it does not, and is blank, or only has an eagle and "1883" (or "1884") that is a very bad sign, value-wise. Such guns were made up from scrap/salvaged parts in the early 1890s by firms such as Bannerman, for sale to military academies, patriotic organizations, etc. You are very welcome.
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