Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873/84 Transitional Rifle made in 1886 - Serial No 316616
Original Item: Only One available. This is a very nice example of the classic Springfield trapdoor rifle, 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 1884 the integral Round Rod Bayonet was introduced, which could double as a cleaning rod, a development that met with very limited success. It was finally replaced in 1892 with the .30-40 caliber Krag bolt action magazine rifle.
Model 1884 rifles saw service in the Spanish American War. The regular army was issued the new Krag rifles and the guard units received the trapdoor. There are a number of stereopticon pictures that show guard units armed with of 1884 rifles. However, the switch to the round rod bayonet model 1884 was not instantaneous, so transitional examples such as this one are found.
Offered in excellent condition is this trapdoor rifle in .45-70 government caliber, Serial # 316616 with a faint SWP 1886 cartouche to the rear of the lock screws. The rifle has overall good metal finish and most metal proofs still present, though there definitely is wear and patination. The serial number indicates production in 1886, a time when 1873 parts were still readily available. The stock is in the 1873 configuration, with the standard ramrod and two part trigger guard. However, it has the model 1884 serrated trigger and Buffington sight fitted, along with the correct lower barrel band.
There are some small dents and scratches in the wood, as expected on a rifle this age. There are some chips missing around the receiver tang. The stock however has not been sanded down much, as it is still proud over the lock plate, and the stock proofs are visible. The walnut has a great color and the patina of age is excellent. The bore is excellent, with a bright finish and crisp lands and grooves.
The butt plate is marked U.S. and the lower barrel band is U marked. Metal finish is a nice aged blue color, with a bit of peppering in places. Center fire breechloader, .45 cal., two bands, two sling swivels with stacking swivel, Buffington sight, standard ramrod. Lock is marked with an eagle and U.S. / SPRINGFIELD, 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. Additional marks of interest include inspectors' and proof marks around the breech end of the barrel: a capital A on top; and a V over a P over an eagle's head over another P on the left side just above the stock. The upper right corner of the Buffington sight leaf is marked R to indicate that the sight graduations are for a rifle and not a carbine.
Ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: 1886
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
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Note: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre, so we are no able to ship to the United Kingdom.
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