Help needed! A couple of years back I remember accessing a searchable database to look up serial numbers by model for Springfield produced weapons from the civil war up to WWII. I remember I used to access it through a link on trapdoorcollector.com. I can no longer find the link on Al's site and none of my web searches are producing anything fruitful. Can someone please post the link?
With the passing of Frank Mallory, the SRS no longer offers free searches of it's data bases. I do not know if further research is being accomplished to expand the database... this was a labor of love for Frank, and it appears to have died with him. You can still purchase their existing data, and you can search from there. You may ask someone that already has SRS data to see if you have a "hit", but be prepared to be disappointed. I have a large US arms collection... not a single one is in the SRS database.
I am greatly saddened to hear this. I sincerely hope that someone endeavors to follow in Mr. Mallory's footsteps...a labor of love indeed. While I never had an exact hit for specific serial numbers I do have a Sharps carbine and a M1896 Krag that were a dozen or so numbers off from published numbers. The carbine is very near others reported as being issued to some Indiana cavalry regiment and the Krag was close to several listed as being issued to a unit called the Cumberland Guards (Kentucky militia?). Unfortunately, I assumed the information would always be there and didn't write the details down...
I had several that were close, too... however, arms are rarely shipped in serial number order. The number could be one off, or 1,000,000 off, and it really doesn't tell us anything other than records for our exact firearms do not exist in the research database.
Last edited by Deputy Dan; 01-29-2011 at 09:25 AM.
Bruce Canfield's new book on US Bolt Action rifles has a good part of this database in the appendices in the back. Pleasant surprise when I got it. Most folks have to settle with "in the range of rifles delivered to..." as only a fraction are present.
When I first saw his book, I had hoped that M1903s would be included, but no such luck. He does include Krags and M1917s, though.
I have a couple of matches - both National Match rifles. I have two other NM rifles not included - probably sold to members of the military.
Another caution about SRS - low numbered M1903s are not always differentiated as to Rock Island and Springfield. I have SA #78180, which is a "hit" on SRS - it was issued to the 10th Cavalry in the early 1920s. Trouble is, this was the property of a Montana mining magnate, which he owned since 1908. I have the paperwork. When I contacted SRS, offering to send them the information, they weren't interested in that, or correction of their records, which obviously referred to RIA 78180.