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Re: 1884/1892 .45-.70 rifle
Posted by John on Sunday, 3 July 2016, at 4:26 p.m., in response to Re: 1884/1892 .45-.70 rifle, posted by roger on Sunday, 3 July 2016, at 1:01 p.m.
Don't worry about asking questions like this. We all asked the same sort, but maybe 30-50 years ago when we first got into trapdoors and most people here are glad to reply to sincere inquiries, especially when our efforts are appreciated.
The rod bayonet was a recurring bad idea aimed at cutting production costs and reducing the soldier's load. Many of the volunteer troops in the Spanish-American War and subsequent Philippine Insurrection were armed with this model. There is no documented history on your rifle's serial number.
The 61 M 9 are called "unit marks" and probably reflect usage by a specific unit. The upper number is usually the Regiment, followed by the Company letter, and then a number to reflect the number of the soldier within the company. I could not find any Regiment number 61, but perhaps the was the number first above the buttplate, so the correct sequence would actually be read 9/M/61, and there were a number of 9th to choose from: These include the 9th U.S. Infantry (which probably had Krags); 9th U.S. Volunteer Infantry (likely to also have had Krags); and 9th Volunteer Infantry regiments from Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
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