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Re: Springfield 1863 circa 1870 Trapdoor

Posted by John S. on Monday, 12 December 2016, at 7:46 p.m., in response to Springfield 1863 circa 1870 Trapdoor, posted by Tanya Van Bogart on Monday, 12 December 2016, at 4:30 p.m.

Tanya- Unfortunately surviving records are not available for every number, and yours is one of those for which nothing has been found, or likely ever will be.

Records do exist for several rifles with nearby numbers, but since rifles were not manufactured or issued in serial number sequence such usage is not proof that mising numbers did anything similar. While it is possible, it is also possible that they did something vastly different.

Here are examples of what some nearby numbers were associated with: ** Experimental nickel plating by Springfield Armory to test metal finishes in 1871 ** Used by the 5th Artillery in 1870 (some for testing ammo) ** With the Washington Militia (near Pittsburgh, PA) in 1880. ** Transferred from Washington Militia to a veterans post in 1885.

Not very exciting stuff, but at least we know something about the specific guns that are listed, unlike most where we have no information at all.

Hope that helps.


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