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Re: Model 1873 with eagle head, crossed arrows and US stamped under it
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 24 November 2015, at 11:27 a.m., in response to Model 1873 with eagle head, crossed arrows and US stamped under it, posted by Larry Cook on Monday, 23 November 2015, at 9:29 p.m.
You have described an early-production model 1873 rifle, as made in 1875.
I do not know the meaning of the number under the breechblock, other than to say that - in my experience - most arms do not have them. There may be a matching number under the receiver, but you would have to take it out of the stock. Disassembly instructions are available on the main page.
The only reason I can think of for the numbering is that at some time the pieces were apart and for some reason they wanted to be sure that they got put back together.
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