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a possible 7th-Cav carbine?

Posted by Steve Hane on Monday, 28 December 2015, at 5:27 p.m.

I've come across an 1873 Springfield trapdoor carbine with a serial number in the low 33XXX range. The gun looks right except for two things: no stacking swivel on the front band, and the side plate says "U.S Springfield" with no "1873" by it, although the locking plate says "Model 1873" and "US" with crossed swords. The patinas and wear on the gun look like real weathering and use, but I guess somebody could always have pieced this one together.

Does this sound like a possible 7th Cavalry-issued gun, or do those items make it appear to be a reproduction/re-work? Anything else I should look for to make sure the gun is "true"?

If anyone has any thoughts, I'd enjoy hearing them. Thanks!


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