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Posted by Jeff D on Saturday, 7 March 2015, at 12:45 p.m.
I looked at an 1861 Springfield (Reference #: 4691335 for pictures on-line) yesterday at Cabela's in Cheektowaga, NY. The rifle had an 1862 date on both lock and barrel and was purported to be the real thing by the sales person who proceeded to remove the lock in front of me and compare it to a reproduction that they sold in the store. I am no expert, but this rifle seemed to be in far too good of condition to be over 150 years old. I was told it probably sat around in a closet for many years. Looks more to me like a good repro that somebody has tried to age. Any more knowledgeable opinions out there?
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