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Dick's Records on 1873 Carbines

Posted by Michael H. Collins on Saturday, 19 December 2015, at 1:22 a.m.

Dick, Back on 1-18-13 you posted here a list of 17 first model 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Carbines known to you as having a like five point star marking on their stocks. Since that time 3 more of these Carbines have surfaced. Their Serial Numbers are as follows: 34,134, 36,672 and 37,981 bringing the total known to 20. As you are aware, I am deeply interested in these Carbines and continue to search and research them and anything that has to do with or could possibly be tied to these weapons. I have discovered that of your original listing, serial numbers 35,474 and 35,609 are on record as being issued to W.J. Tolar and Jeff Sansom of Co. F Frontier Battalion, Texas Rangers. Serial Number 35,474 was issued to Tolar on September 1st 1876 and 35,609 was issued to Sansom on March 5th 1877.

This would make some sense as the star markings on the stocks of these two Texas Ranger Carbines are a slightly different style than those thought to be attributed to Native Americans. This information would reduce your original list to 15 plus the 3 found since would make a total of 18 still possible candidates for Indian origin. I found these two Texas Ranger Serial Numbers in the 2009 Fall Edition of "The Texas Gun Collector". The article was written by Mr. Don Jones from records derived from the Texas Rangers.

Of the 18 thought to have possible Indian ties, they possess an almost identical marking.

You may already have this information but if not, I am pleased to contribute to your efforts. Sincerely, Michael H. Collins


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