GDG- 1841 Springfield rifle????

Andy Mills amills at
Mon Jan 30 13:59:46 CST 2012

So we can think of Harper's Ferry as a type of research facility?

The only modern example I can think of is vehicles (of course, every product has to go through something like this).  I go to a car show and see "concept" cars from Ford, Toyota, GM, etc.  They are not in production yet.  Once they get all the kinks worked out, they are sent to the various facilities for full production but the design and development of the new models is done in one location (Harper's Ferry) until proven.  

I think I understand now.  Thanks for taking the time.


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From: gettysburg-bounces at [mailto:gettysburg-bounces at] On Behalf Of keith mackenzie
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2012 2:50 PM
Subject: Re: GDG- 1841 Springfield rifle????

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
Harpers Ferry was a "Model Facility", which means they made the "first item" (or model), in this case, guns. Just to make sure that the design would work, and to develop the standards, tooling and checking fixtures for the production shop, which would then reproduce the "first item" by the thousands.
At least, that's how it works today.

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