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 Post subject: Trapdoor markings
PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:55 pm 
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Hi all,
I just acquired a 1884 Springfield trapdoor rifle with a buffington sight and cartouche dated 1886. It also has some markings on the top of the buttstock about halfway between the receiver and buttplate. The markings are a "1" and a "VA". Just above the buttplate there is an "E" over the numbers "185". Does anyone here know what these markings may mean? Is there any way to find out? Thank you for all your help.


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 Post subject: Re: Trapdoor markings
PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:21 pm 
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There is a paragraph on pg.187 & 188 of Craig Riesch's book on the .45-70 Springfield that says "Occasionally, rifles and carbines with other marks stamped into the stocks will be found, particularly numerals or initials of regiments and states. Most were applied by active militia or National Guard military units." Yours could be such a stock.

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 Post subject: Re: Trapdoor markings
PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:23 pm 
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I was kinda thinking along those very lines. I just wonder what they actually stand for.


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 Post subject: Re: Trapdoor markings
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If I gave the serial number could someone look it up?


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 Post subject: Re: Trapdoor markings
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Post the first three or four digits. I can look up when it was made.

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 Post subject: Re: Trapdoor markings
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The trap door was in service in national guard armories till well after wwI there may be state markings as well as federal Not sure about the author, but trapdoors for collectors has some good info May be the same one mentioned above also covers accessories Larry shoot the hell out of it, nothing like a 500grn lead RN bullet heading out LOL

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