Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor M1873 Saddle Ring Carbine with Buffington Sight and Guard made in 1882

Item Description

Original Item: Only One available. This is an excellent example of the classic Springfield trapdoor Saddle Ring Carbine, the weapon used 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:


Offered in very good condition is this trapdoor rifle in .45-70 government caliber, which was retrofitted with the correct Buffington rear sight. It also includes the correct Saddle Carbine band guard, which prevent the sights getting caught in the saddle bucket. Most of the carbines we see do not have these, and they seem to be quite rare. It also comes with its original Saddle Ring and Bar on the left hand side of the wood stock.

It bears serial # 188081 with overall good metal finish with all proofs still present. There is also a worn government inspector SWP cartouche, but the date cannot be read. The serial number indicates production in 1882, and the stock is in good original condition with a great color. It has the usual dents and wear from use and age, and has been sanded down, so it is below the level of the lock plate. There is some cracking on either side of the receiver, as shown. The bore shows lands and grooves, but it is overall lead and powder fouled.

This example appears to have been returned to arsenal for some Model 1884 updates, which is why it is equipped with a rear Buffington adjustable sight and butt trap storage compartment, though it is empty. The lock was also replaced with a spare very early lock.

The butt plate is marked U.S. and the metal finish is a very nice, with a great faded blued pat8ina. Center fire breechloader, .45 cal., single band, saddle-ring on sliding bar, and Buffington sight. Lock is marked with an eagle and U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / 1873 manufactured by Springfield Armory, Springfield Massachusetts.

The elegant script SWP belongs to Samuel W. Porter, who was the Master Armorer and Chief Inspector of Springfield Armory from 15 September 1879 to 18 June 1894. A stylized partial P in a circle under the wrist of the stock indicates that the rifle passed all of its overpressure proof testing. 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 over another P on the left side just above the stock. There is also a C on the sight ladder, indicating that it is for a Carbine and not a rifle.

This is an excellent opportunity to pick up a very nice example of the rare Springfield Trapdoor Carbine. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1882
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 21.5 Inches
Overall Length: 41 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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