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Model 84 with Receiver96596

Posted by Terry Roach on Wednesday, 24 June 2020, at 12:44 a.m.

Sorry about the clutter in my note posted earlier. I didnt realize how quotes and paragraphing would be translated when posted. So here goes again My 45-70 rifle bears all the features of a Late Model 1884. The receiver, however is number 96596, which I understand to be of approximate 1878 manufacture. Overall, the rifle is in very fine condition with only slight-to-moderate wear on lock-plate, hammer, trigger guard and butt plate. Overall length is 51.9 inches. In more detail, BREECHBLOCK US MODEL 1884 with strong case hardened colors. STOCK SWP 1889 cartouche, script P in oval cartouche, small U by trigger guard plate, small U in barrel channel under receiver. No obvious sanding. No evidence of an earlier M. Armorers cartouche. Length 48.4 inches. RECEIVER Top - Serial No. 96596 with serifs, wide, round shoulder, and gas port Bottom - partial strike of R or S. SIGHTS Buffington rear sight and 4th type front sight. BARREL 3 groove bright bore with strong rifling color near ninety-five percent. BARREL MARKS Top - Large VP and Eagle with final P below, looking forward to the muzzle there is a large A at the stock line pointed up to Eagle, a small R on the left side snug by the receiver. Below - the Receiver Index line exactly aligns, a P with tilde above and a strike mark beneath, and a small S near the receiver. LOCKPLATE Third type. HAMMER Third type. BARREL BANDS Upper.10 inch U, Lower.1885 style with dished top, .13 inch U. RAMROD Model 1878 3rd type. COLORING Barrel, lock plate and trigger all mat black with an undertone of brown. Barrel bands, band springs, trigger guard, sight leaf, and nose cap all blue-niterblack with some luster. Butt plate has traces of same. Type in this note refers to Poyer classifications. So, the question is What do I have. The best I could surmise is the rifle was originally assembled and likely issued in 1889. It was later returned to an arsenal perhaps in the wholesale 1898 Rock Island rebuilding, where it was disassembled, parts refinished, and then rebuilt, although not necessarily with its own set of component parts. Parts being interchangeable, it was given a different receiver 96596 from the bin of refurbished parts or from surplus stores. Thanks for slogging through this. I would be grateful for the perspective of experience found on the Board. P


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