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Re: USISS M1870 Rifle: cut down
Posted by Rich F. on Tuesday, 28 February 2017, at 12:55 a.m., in response to Re: USISS M1870 Rifle: cut down, posted by Tom Trevor on Monday, 27 February 2017, at 4:07 p.m.
That would make sense, since it did look a lot like photos of line guns I have seen. I did take a couple quick photos, one of the breech block, so I had to look at it again. I zoomed in to look at the "I", and it definitely is an I, not an L. I looked at the entire USISS again, and it definitely looks like that is what is.
It's interesting that it was stamped so many times. It's almost like someone was trying to ensure that if the gun was stolen and parted out they could identify the parts. Stamping both the breech block and the receiver also seems a bit excessive, since they are so close together.
Maybe the civilian scouts hired by individual units at some point had "Service" at the end of their name, with the arms being stamped and issued locally? That's the only thing I can think of. I've been trying to come up with other possible combinations, but haven't had any luck yet.
Would have been a fun piece to have to research, but not at $1,500.
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