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Re: 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle Serial Number 1681
Posted by jay call on Sunday, 14 May 2017, at 4:32 p.m., in response to 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle Serial Number 1681, posted by Michael H. Collins on Saturday, 13 May 2017, at 10:26 p.m.
Michael, I believe it to be one of the first 5 or 6 rifles made of that design(!) and may have been shipped out west for use with a cavalry regiment. I have a 4 digit rifle, in correct configuration and close to 5th and 6th infantry SN#s, and appears to have been issued and carried. Of course we now know a number of early rifles went to cavalry regiments, around 68 of which were shipped to the 7th cavalry alone.
Michael, I think your rifle would be worth a premium. Congrats!
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