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M1888 Rod Bayonet rifles "out of range"

Posted by John S. on Monday, 8 May 2017, at 1:05 a.m.

Recently someone asked about a M1888 Rod Bayonet rifle which was "out of range" (but I cannot seem to find it now). As I recall it was in the 90,000 range, NOT one of the Model 1884 rod bayonet trials rifles in the 314,000-321,000 range, some of which were later converted to M1888 configuration.

SRS lists 97193 as Rock Island Arsenal Museum accession number 6710 dated 070389 (1889 or 1989?) as M1888 rifle.

I recently acquired number 97794 which appears to be typical M1888 all the way except for being out of range. Unfortunately the cartouche is dinged and illegible, but possibly 1889.

What other "out of range numbers are known (especially if they cluster in the 97,000 range) and do we have an explanation or theory for them?

The SRS database for the 97000 range shows mostly cadet rifles, with a few standard M1884 rifles mixed in (no M1873), but that could reflect errors in description during the SAW. Curiously there is not a single usage date earlier than 1898 for any number in the 97000 range except possibly the M1888 rod bayonet in Rock Island Arsenal if that was an 1889 date, not 1989.


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