CW Springfield

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  1. Apr 7, 2019 #1

    Mad Professor

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    This has been a wall hanger in the family since I can remember.

    It has been "sporterized" and maybe bored to a shotgun as cannot see any signs of rifling, but just some light rust with no deep pitting. The barrel is 32" to the bottom of the bore and it seems to be clear all the way. The forearm was cut down and reshaped, 1 band remaining, otherwise stock is in great shape. Rear sight is missing (dovetail and small hole in front of dovetail), front sight is a brazed on bead and a groove was filed in the band to act as a rear sight.

    The lock and trigger assy are in nice shape and none of the screws have been buggered up. It seems like they would work fine as is, have not pulled them out to have a look. The barrel is also free of rust/pits outside

    The lock plate is pretty clean, in front of hammer is "U S" with an eagle image in between the letters.. Below is
    "Providence Tool Co"
    "Providence R. I."

    Behind the hammer is numbers/year, 1865.

    I need to clean it up before I post a picture. Maybe get a bore light and a caliper to check bore + dia.

    Any thoughts on this? It seems to be made into a fowler.
     
  2. Apr 7, 2019 #2

    DaveC

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    "The Providence Tool Company of Providence R. I. furnished 70,000 ... regular model 1861 arms. They produced all parts except the sights and assembled the arms in their own shops. Marked between hammer and cone with a spread eagle between U.S., blow which is Providence Tool Co., Providence, R.I. Dated 186... at rear of hammer."

    Claud E. Fuller, The Rifled Musket (Bonanza), 196.
     
  3. Apr 11, 2019 #3

    smoothshooter

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    Looking forward to seeing your pictures.
    I have been thinking of acquiring an Italian Springfield with a pitted bore,'and sporterizing it exactly like your gun.

    My great-grandfather (1885-1975) mentioned to me when I was a younger teenager that he had a gun like you have that he used for hunting up through the 1940's. When asked how well he liked it, he said it worked pretty good for rabbit, quail, hawks, squirrels, and varmints trying to get the chickens.
    Cheap to shoot too.
     

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