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Re: 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Carbine

Posted by John Shonafelt on Wednesday, 16 December 2015, at 9:16 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Carbine, posted by Daniel on Wednesday, 16 December 2015, at 12:26 p.m.

Hi Daniel, I believe Micheal was really asking about any known history from folks on this board for that specific serial number of the carbine that he saw for sale. Dick keeps a database of known serial numbers of the carbines under 50,000. He is very knowledgeable and is very generous about sharing information he knows. Micheal is a regular poster on this board. If you look back to past posts, I think you will find most of the regulars are advanced collectors and some published experts. They are a very well informed group with regard to features and associated serial number ranges. I am new to the board, although I have been lurking on it for years. I have become more active since my retirement. I have found this is not really a discussion board, but a good place to ask questions and maybe occasionally offer observations.

If you go back on Gun Broker and do a search of completed items you will find the subject carbine a couple of weeks back. My 2 cents - It looked like a great carbine! It looked to me like it didn't get much use (not much, if any sling hook wear). The broken stock probably ended it's service life early. I loved the clear cartouches and proud wood. The cracked stock was a draw back but I could definitely live with it if the price were less. In the end, it did look like there was a chunk of wood out of the stock under the lock. I knew if I had it on my gun rack my eye would go to that first. John


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