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Re: 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Carbine

Posted by Stephen B. McCartney on Thursday, 17 December 2015, at 12:34 a.m., in response to Re: 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Carbine, posted by Daniel on Wednesday, 16 December 2015, at 12:26 p.m.

A horse rolling over is not to be dismissed. Ami Mulford, one of the Seventh Cavalry's, "Custer Avengers", was medically discharged and confined to a wheelchair, after his horse rolled on him (he wrote, Fighting Indians in the 7th Cavalry). I have a late, low arch carbine broken at the wrist and repaired with two (cut?) nails or spikes. I doubt that it was a service repair. I shall go back through the 1880's Annual Reports of the Secretary of War and look up the Chief of Ordnance. By that time, the CoO was listing repair parts provided to the army. Carbine replacement stock numbers might give an idea of accident rates, though roughly. Since stocks were available, I doubt that a company commander or post ordnance sergeant would bother with repairs.


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