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Re: 1873 Springfield Rifle Serial Number

Posted by John S. on Monday, 19 December 2016, at 10:11 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 Springfield Rifle Serial Number, posted by Don S on Monday, 19 December 2016, at 8:13 p.m.

Sorry, as is the case for about 95% of all trapdoors, there is no information at all on that number as far as usage.

It possibly was among the thousands issued for use by volunteer units during the Spanish American War in 1898, or perhaps it merely rested in a crate in an armory somewhere. We will never know.

I am sure someone else will provide the date of manufacture which will be the total of all that can be known for sure.

Remember, many veterans bought rifles of the type they carried, or even other types of arms after they left the military, so there is a big difference between "the rifle grandpa used in the war" and "grandpa had a rifle when he was in the army and this was his rifle." Family oral history often conflate the two, and we end up with trapdoor rifles purportedly carried by a relative in the Civil War. No intent to mislead anyone, but just the hazards of dealing with oral history rather than that which can be documented by original source documents.


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