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Re: Armory Tag
Posted by John S. on Friday, 1 January 2016, at 11:40 a.m., in response to Re: Armory Tag, posted by Ken Friedland on Friday, 1 January 2016, at 6:47 a.m.
No documented history has survived for serial number 190140.
Most rifles in that serial number range were standard infantry rifles, although one cadet rifle (with 29.6" barrel instead of 32.5") is listed, probably one of the 2,000 converted from standard infantry configuration circa 1895. A cluster of nearby numbers were rifles which were donated to the U.S. Navy during WW2, possibly for conversion to line throwing guns. Most of the rest were associated with various volunteer units raised during the Spanish American War in 1898.
Without an exact match, we will never know if your rifle merely rested in its original shipping crate until sold as surplus, went to a national guard unit and was never used except for drills or maybe putting down labor unrest, or if it went to a regular army unit on garrison duty or on the dying frontier, or if it went to a volunteer unit in the Spanish American War.
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