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Re: M1888 Rod Bayonet rifles "out of range"
Posted by Al Frasca on Thursday, 11 May 2017, at 1:03 a.m., in response to M1888 Rod Bayonet rifles "out of range", posted by John S. on Monday, 8 May 2017, at 1:05 a.m.
M88 rifles made in 1891, and only in 1891, can be found with serial numbers well below the 500,000 range which is common. From observation, I have found M88 rifles produced in 1891 with serial numbers clustered in the 98,000 to 120,000, around 150,000, 220,000, and 320,000. All these guns have 1891 cartouches. I have found just two M88 rifles cartouched 1892 with an early receiver, but the V/P/eagle/p has an additional p. indicating something on the guns was altered. It it assumed that Springfield decided to consume receivers that were left in stock or resulting from M84 disassembly and use them all for M88 guns in 1891 when production was obviously coming to an end. The disassembly theory of earlier guns has a problem. If disassembling guns was done in quantity, then why are NONE of the M88 rifles or M84 Type II cadet rifles found with early locks??? Hmmm????
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