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Re: 1884/1892 .45-.70 rifle
Posted by Ernie Brandt on Sunday, 3 July 2016, at 11:35 p.m., in response to 1884/1892 .45-.70 rifle, posted by Brad Upp on Sunday, 3 July 2016, at 2:16 a.m.
Welcome to the Trapdoor World. You are now officially inducted into the club.
Your rifle was produced in 1892, about the 4th Qtr. "Maybe" even in 1893 as the production of arms did not run exactly in numerical order. A receiver that was produced in one month or Qtr. may not have been assembled into a complete rifle/carbine until parts that were dumped on top of them were used up. Your butt plate "should" have a sliding door for tools. The "Rod" bayonet does indeed look like a Phillips head. The ammunition you were given should be handled with great discretion. The Trapdoor Springfield is NOT suitable for Modern high power rounds. My suggestion is to bury the rounds you have or give them to you local gun shop for disposal. IF you plan to shoot the rifle, take it to a competent gunsmith first to have him/her check the rifle to see if it is safe to fire. Then buy ONLY ammunition that is Black powder, BP substitute, or is marked for "Cowboy Action".
You will find the Trapdoor a hoot to shoot, but be careful what you feed it. We want you to around to pass the rifle on to your Grandchild.
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