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Re: Springfield 1863 circa 1870 Trapdoor
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 12 December 2016, at 8:58 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.
You have a U.S. Model 1868 infantry rifle, made in 1870. About 52,400 were made, of which about 36,000 were marked "1870", about 16,000 "1869" and a handful "1868".
The "1863" date indicates reuse of available parts from the huge number of surplus Civil War muskets on hand, a feature common to all of the early "trapdoor" models.
Only with the adoption of the Model 1873 (in .45-70) did this practice lessen significantly. As John Spangler said there is no data on that particular number.
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