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Posted by Tim Stahlman on Wednesday, 19 July 2017, at 12:17 p.m.
I need some help. I recently picked up what I think is a 1884 Springfield trapdoor rifle. It has a 1873 lock plate but says US model 1884 on the breech block. Serial number is 398543, which seems to correlate to 1888 manufacture but there is no cartouche on the left side of the stock. There is a small "S" stamp on the stock behind the trigger plate underneath the tang. Doesn't appear to be refinished. Has all the 1884 features. Both barrel bands are U stamped. Is this rifle correct? Thank you for the help. -Tim
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