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Re: Trapdoor Recall and upgrades in Jan. of 1880
Posted by Al Frasca on Saturday, 11 April 2015, at 8:44 a.m., in response to Trapdoor Recall and upgrades in Jan. of 1880, posted by Michael H. Collins on Friday, 10 April 2015, at 11:21 p.m.
See the section in Book II on starred rifles and carbines. The monthly payroll records for the armory are given and the amount of time spent on "ROA". Also, all the new arms of the early variety were also disassembled during this period. By 1882, there were no M73 carbines in the arsenal records. The estimate of starred arms produced is around 30,000 and this can be deduced from studying the serial number vs. cartouche date of guns in this time period. Remember, the starred guns do not appear on the production record. In fact, I could not find the number anywhere in the Springfield records. The actual number of guns disassembled probably was at least 25% higher than what was reassembled.
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