Original U.S. Early Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Rifle with 1st Model Sight & Cleaning Rod - Serial 45157 made in 1875

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 are the early 1st pattern cleaning rod and "stepped" rear sight. 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, and the block itself lost the "high arch" on the underside.

Offered in very good condition is this trapdoor rifle in .45-70 government caliber, with low serial 45157, overall good metal finish with all proofs still present. The serial number indicates production in 1875, only the third year of production for this famous long rifle. There are some small dents and scratches in the wood, as expected on a rifle this age, but the stock does not appear to have had any major repairs or damage. The stock is fully proud over the lock plate, indicating that it has not been cleaned excessively or reconditioned.

It does not have any inspection cartouches, so it is possible that it was replaced at some point during an arsenal repair. This would also explain why the rifle has the Model 1884 serrated trigger, instead of the smooth one it would have been made with. It does still have the correct 1st pattern "Stepped" Model 1873 Rear sight and Enfield style cleaning rod, while the lock is the second pattern without a date. Definitely some great research potential in this fine rifle.

The bore is in very good condition, with clear lands and grooves, and a partly bright finish. There is just a bit of wear, as well as some light oxidation in spots. The breech block moves correctly, and the extractor is still present and functional, though we have not tested it with real brass. The lock functions correctly, and has a three notch tumbler.

The butt plate has the correct U.S. marking, and both barrel bands are U marked. The lower band spring is stuck, so the lower band can be moved easily. The metalwork still retains much of the original blued finish, with case hardening still present on the breech block. Center fire breechloader, .45 cal., two bands, two sling swivels with stacking swivel, early "stepped" standard sliding sight, and early pattern ramrod. Lock is marked with an eagle and U.S. / SPRINGFIELD, manufactured by Springfield Armory, Springfield Massachusetts. Additional marks of interest include inspectors' and proof marks around the breech end of the barrel: V over a P over an eagle's head.

This is an excellent opportunity to pick up a VERY EARLY and interesting example of a classic U.S. issue firearm. 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 not able to ship to the United Kingdom. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services. International customers should always consult their country's antique gun laws prior to ordering.

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