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Re: Trapdoor stamped 1878 or is it a 1879
Posted by Ernie Brandt on Monday, 3 July 2017, at 9:11 p.m., in response to Trapdoor stamped 1878 or is it a 1879, posted by Johnny T on Thursday, 29 June 2017, at 11:51 p.m.
You have a Model 1873 that may have a model 1879 rear sight.
Grab a magnifying glass and look closely at the date stamp on the breech block.. You will see that the last digit is indeed a (3). These blocks are known as "hard stamped" and the end of the (3) has a serif which makes the (3) look like a (8) on casual inspection.
There is no such model as an 1879. Only 1873 and 1884 Models were produced. There are variations to sights, ram rods, etc. that distinguish changes in production, not Model.
A rifle with an 1879 rear sight is still a model 1873 although many old timers referred them as 1879's.
A Model 1884 with a Ran Rod bayonet is still a model 1884. They are commonly referred to as a model 1888. This is do to the change in the bayonet, not the model designation.
Hope this helps clear up some confusion.
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