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MODEL 1882 .45/70 HEADLESS SHELL EXTRACTOR:  An improvement on the First Pattern introduced in 1875, the Model 1882 Headless Shell Extractor were the result of the continuing effort to address the tendency of the soft copper cartridges to stick in the chamber of the Model 1873 Trapdoor Springfield Rifles and Carbines upon being fired.  The Headless Shell Extractor provided the means for the soldier to drive out the cartridge case and rejoin the battle, thus one of the more important gun tools from the Indian War era.   See Gun Tools, Their History and Identification, Shaffer, Rutledge, and Dorsey, page 260 for more information.   

I have two patterns of this tool, as shown below. 


A.  Model 1882 Extractor with the more commonly seen later pattern removable drift with a single row of gripping serrations around the centerline.  $10


B.  Model 1882 Extractor with the earlier pattern removable drift with two rows of gripping serrations around the edge.  SOLD OUT




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