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Re: strange 1866 trapdoor
Posted by Ken on Monday, 29 May 2017, at 6:28 a.m., in response to Re: strange 1866 trapdoor, posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 27 May 2017, at 4:29 p.m.
Well of course except in very rare circumstances no one will ever know where these 150+ year old guns have been or who held/shot with them. Your idea is possible of course. Some French military mark. But then wow, this gun traveled. Not just to France, but back to the US again afterwards. I am seeing that the Reconstruction legislation that created the colored Infantry and Cavalry Regiments specifically refers to them all as troopers. So maybe the T is trooper after all. I haven't been able to find much online at all about the assignments of the 41 Regiment beyond when they were created and where their first HQ was. I wish these things had serial #s, they would be a little easier to track then. Eighty percent of the gun's rust was on the butt stock. My impression was someone leaned it against a wall, but either in a puddle, or one occurred and the gun butt just sat there until the plate began to rust. The rust on the barrel was mostly just a thin and shallow solid line following the barrel stock joint all the length of the barrel with no rust on the barrel underside or top. The whole stock was both black and sticky. While cleaning it my impression was that I was removing some kind of tar based coating. Underneath that once removed the wood is in good shape, so I am thinking maybe someone put that gunk on as some form of preservative? Also I would have expected more corrosion from salt water air on the barrel and the innards. This things inside of the barrel is spotless. I took some pics of course. If the gun went to France would Springfield make a non-US marked butt plate for that transition to sanitize the gun while at the same time leaving the Springfield stamps on the gun? I put a repro sling on it and I hope perhaps to fire it today.
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