Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873/84 Saddle Ring Carbine made in 1888 - Serial No 414960

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 excellent condition is this trapdoor rifle in .45-70 government caliber, Serial # 414960 with overall good metal finish with all proofs still present. The serial number indicates production in 1888, and the stock is in good original condition. 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, just a few chips. The bore is in very good condition, with a mostly bright finish and crisp lands and grooves, and just a bit wear.

The butt plate is marked U.S. and the barrel band is U marked. Metal finish has faded to a light gray patina. Most likely this carbine was returned to arsenal at some point, and the breech block replaced with an earlier 1873 model, which was completely interchangeable. Center fire breechloader, .45 cal., single band, saddle-ring on sliding bar, and carbine Buffington sight. 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: An A over the chamber, and  a V over a P over an eagle's head on the left side just above the stock. The upper right corner of the Buffington sight leaf is marked C to indicate that the sight graduations are for a carbine and not a rifle.

This is an excellent opportunity to pick up a very nice service used example of a legendary U.S. issue firearm. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1888
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 22 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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