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Here is Ron Gabel's answer to question number 5124


I just purchased a U.S. Springfield Carbine with the marking "US Model 1873 on top. I have been told the rear site is a "Ballinger?" and think the gun was made in the 1880s although it is marked Model 1873. The butt plate accomodates a cleaning rod and the butt plate is marked US. The cartouche is barely visible and can't see the date within the cartouche. Proof marks on the barrel are a "V" over a "P" over an eagles head. The top of the barrel is stamped with an "A". The bluing and stock are in very good condition for its age. The serial number is: 379142. Can you provide any information on this gun as to its date of manufacture, meaning of the proof marks, and perhaps who or what unit it was issued to and approximate value? I suspect it could have been used in the Spanish American War. Any information is greatly appreciated.


The Model 1873 Springfield "Trapdoor" Carbine had a 22 inch barrel and a short carbine half stock fastened with a single barrel band having a stacking swivel. The original 1873 carbine, as issued, should have the short comb stock WITHOUT COMPARTMENT IN BUTT FOR CLEANING ROD AND NO TRAP IN BUTTPLATE. Many of these were restocked and the cleaning rod compartment added and their values considerably reduced.

Submitted By: Michael James On: 11/22/2003 2:58:48 PM

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