Original U.S. Early Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Rifle made in 1875 with Tack Decoration - Serial No 53993

Item Description

Original Item: Only One available. This is a VERY early example of the classic Springfield trapdoor rifle, with some features that were removed in the subsequent years. The most noticeable of these is the "Long Wrist" of the butt stock. This example also was outfitted with white metal tacks on both sides of the butt stock, indicating possible capture and use by Native Americans. This is the weapon used, in its carbine form, by the troopers of the 7th Cavalry that met their fate at the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876. The breech block is marked:


In the years following, the stamping on the breech block was simplified, removing the Eagle and Arrows. Offered in very good condition is this trapdoor rifle in .45-70 government caliber, with low serial 53993, overall good metal finish most markings still present. The serial number indicates production in 1875, only the third year of production for this famous long rifle. This also indicates that it was made before the Battle of Little Bighorn, so it may have been captured during that time period.

There are some small dents and scratches in the wood, and it definitely saw quite a bit of use. The stock below the level of the lock plate, indicating that it has been sanded down and refinished during its long life. This has unfortunately removed the inspection cartouches on the left side, however it has the lovely deep red brown color that only cared for oiled walnut can achieve. The "long wrist" is preserved very nicely, and is quite comfortable to hold. The bore shows some rifling, but overall is quite oxidized and fouled.  Most likely it was not cleaned properly, and then stored for many years.

The butt plate is U.S. marked, and both barrel bands are U marked. Metal finish is a is oxidized, with a lot of light surface rust, and a lovely dark brown patina. Center fire breechloader, .45 cal., two bands, two sling swivels with stacking swivel, standard sliding sight, and standard early pattern ramrod. Lock is marked with an eagle and U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / 1873, manufactured by Springfield Armory, Springfield Massachusetts. Only the earliest locks have the 1873 date, seen on examples made 1873-1875. A stylized P in a circle under the wrist of the stock indicates that the rifle passed all of its overpressure proof testing. The rear sight is missing the slider, and looks to be a period replacement.

This is an excellent opportunity to pick up a VERY EARLY and interesting example of a classic U.S. issue firearm, with a very desirable long-wristed stock and loads of history. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1875
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 32 Inches
Overall Length: 52 Inches
Action type: Hinged Breechblock with side action lock.
Feed System: Single Shot

Note: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre, so we are no able to ship to the United Kingdom. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services.

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