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Re: 1873 trapdoor svc rifle # 11195

Posted by Stephen B. McCartney on Monday, 10 September 2018, at 8:14 a.m., in response to Re: 1873 trapdoor svc rifle # 11195, posted by Cliff Straight on Sunday, 9 September 2018, at 5:12 p.m.

In my opinion, such repairs are post military. I have a carbine with a broken wrist, repaired with two pieces of metal (cut nails?). I have never seen Krags, '03's, M1's (note: no hyphen), etc., with such repairs. The army had plenty of new stocks. For instance, the ARSW Chief of Ordnance Report, ending June 30, 1885, lists, under spare parts, the procurement of 2,124 stocks, rifle (wood part) Springfield rifle; while listing, as issued, 1,179, stocks, wood parts. A stock broken in service, just from the numbers listed above, must have been quite common (and, this list is for only one year). The chance of rebreaking would be too great of a chance for a repeat occurrence (and possible hurting a soldier). Have the company clerk fill out a form, the c.o. signs it and soon, a nice new stock arrives at the post.


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