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Early 1973 Trapdoor Rifle.

Posted by Michael H. Collins on Thursday, 28 May 2015, at 3:05 p.m.

Has anyone here ever come across a 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle earlier than serial number 1,681? I recently acquired this rifle and I knew it was very early. Last night I was looking at the serial number records in Joe Poyer and Craig Riesch's book entitled The 45.70 Springfield. It shows that during the first year of production in 1873 only 5 rifles were produced. If so,I have one albeit rough. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Michael H. Collinsonly


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