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Re: 1873 Springfield trapdoor
Posted by FrontierWest on Friday, 25 March 2011, at 1:04 p.m., in response to 1873 Springfield trapdoor, posted by Ron Weigel on Tuesday, 22 March 2011, at 5:00 p.m.
I did not have my serial number committed to memory. It is "9260." It came from a long time family in Montana and was said was at the Rosebud ect with Crook, and later the soldier was transferred to Fort Custer and Fort Ellis where he mustered out and raised his family (he mustered out in 1881 with a 20 year pension). It was cut down as long as the old timer who sold it to me could remember, and was used on the ranch ect. Somehow his grandfather was allowed to keep the firearm on discharge. Honorable. I should have purchased the Spencer carbine that was with it, and was an obvious Cavalry gun and was told it was used during the civil war by the same person. The reason I did not buy it was it was rough. I buy them to shoot and it was a wall hanger at that point and bore not too good. My friend bought that one and sold it years ago and I'm sure the documentation did not go with it.
Any one keeping track... serial # 9260 started life as a rifle! Ended it's life as a cut down. Still a real nice gun, and I paid $200 bucks in 1988. At the time I thought I paid too much. The carbine was $800.00.
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