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Re: 1873 Springfield identification

Posted by John on Saturday, 18 April 2015, at 5:47 p.m., in response to 1873 Springfield identification, posted by Flint Harvey on Saturday, 18 April 2015, at 1:34 p.m.

Nothing on 196452, but there is a heavy concentration of nearby numbers with various companies of the 5th U.S. Volunteer Infantry, and starting slightly higher we find a number from the 3rd U.S. Volunteer Infantry, all in 1898.

When sorted by usage and serial number, we find listing for Company F, 3rd U.S. Volunteer Infantry ranging from 184202 to 195461, a total of 79 rifles. That is 79 from a spread of roughly 10,000 numbers, which confirms the widely accepted fact that guns were not shipped or issued in strict serial number sequence.

A company at that time was roughly 100 men, so the 79 numbers found for that Company is probably the total strength.

Although it is possible that the bayonet scabbard markings relate to the 3rd U.S. Volunteer Infantry, and that it has stayed together with the rifle all these years, it is more likely that is not the case, and we will never know where your rifle served, since there is no specific listing for it.


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