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Re: Springfield "1893" (sic)
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 23 June 2011, at 5:49 p.m., in response to Springfield 1893, posted by Steve on Thursday, 16 June 2011, at 3:59 p.m.
I can see that I should have gotten into this earlier. Where does the "1893" come from? The only possible place that could be marked is on the wood, which you say you cannot read. Or, did you mean 1873?
That rifle was most likely produced in late 1885, or early 1886. It should (I believe you recently confirmed this) have the Model 1884 Buffington (long and flat with two knobs at right front) rear sight, but the block should be marked 1873.
Barrel length should be 32-5/8". Some nearby rifles had a combination sliding bayonet and cleaning rod. Does yours have any sort of spring-loaded latching mechanism behind/below the muzzle? If so, THAT rod could be quite hard to find. The standard cleaning rod (if there is no latch mechanism) is easy, as is the upper band, which definitely should be replaced with a complete one. I'd also remove the paint.
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