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1873 Springfield Trapdoor

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1873 Springfield Trapdoor

#1 Post by trevorlang14 » Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:49 pm

I recently purchased an 1873 Trapdoor and the things that I've read on it don't seem to not be correct. There is no cartouche on it so I assume it was factory refurbished at some point. The rifle has a 31 below the trigger guard which not sure if this is a unit mark or something along those lines. It still has the US marked butt plate and U marked sling mounts. The breech is just marked 1873 and not US model 1873. The serial number is 285770. Any information on this rifle would be greatly appreciated if I need to post another picture I will!
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Re: 1873 Springfield Trapdoor

#2 Post by SWIHARTMARK » Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:19 pm

I looked up your serial number and my google sources says it was made in 1885. I have a ramrod bayonet version made in 1891 myself. Do check TRAPDOORCOLLECTOR.COM for more information. The site does have some insight for looking for fakes with pictures showing the proper heat treat.

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Mark

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