In stock

Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor M1873 Rifle Cadet Socket Bayonet with 1st Pattern U.S. Frog and Scabbard

Regular price $295.00

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The 1884 Cadet Model Trapdoor Rifle is identical to the Standard 1884 Infantry Rifle, from the butt plate up to the rear or lower barrel band. The obvious difference is the overall length of the barrel, and thus the rifle. The standard Infantry barrel length was about 31 1/2" whereas the barrel on a Cadet Rifle was just about 2 inches shorter coming in at about 29 1/2".

Not a great deal but this did reduce the weight and presumably allowed raw Cadets to get used to the substantial .45-70 Caliber. Between 1874 the first year of the Standard Model 1873 Models were constructed and 1886 when the Model of 1884 took over the ratio of Infantry Rifles manufactured was 20-1 TWENTY TO ONE. In fact in the 12 years 203,182 long Rifles to 9,188 Cadet Rifles.

Later Model 1884 Rifles and Cadet Rifles were still being made or converted from long to short until about 1900. The fact remains that the MODEL 1873 and 1884 Cadet Rifle is twenty times harder to find than the standard 1873 Infantry Rifle. The already existing bayonets were also shortened to complement the Cadet rifle.

This example is in fair condition, with a lovely patina of age. There is unfortunately extensive rust peppering on the blade and socket, as often seen, and there is a bit of deformation to the blade end of the socket. It is correctly marked U.S. on the ricasso. The locking ring moves easily, and still has the correct securing screw.

The bayonet comes complete with its original steel scabbard, with attached belt frog. The scabbard, like the bayonet, has a great worn patina from years of age and service. Most of the original finish is worn away, however there are no major dents, bends, or other damage. The leather frog is in good shape, with cracking and flaking in the black finish, and has a very nice leather belt loop attached by the U.S. rosette hinge.

A very nice U.S. Trapdoor socket bayonet, complete with original scabbard. Ready to fit your Trapdoor Cadet Rifle!

Blade Length: 16 ½”
Blade Style: Triangular
Overall length: 19 ¼”
Scabbard Length: 16 ¾”

  • This product is available for international shipping.
  • Eligible for all payments - Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX, Paypal & Sezzle


Cash For Collectibles