Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Rifle made in 1877 with Standard Ramrod - Serial No 7586?
Original Item: Only One available. This is a very nice service used 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:
Offered in very nice condition is this trapdoor rifle in .45-70 government caliber, Serial # 7586? with an overall worn metal finish with all proofs still present. The serial number has the last number unfortunately worn away, but serial numbers for the entire production stopped at 567882, so it has to be production in 1877. The stock is in very good original condition, with lots of character. It has some designs carved into the fore stock above the lower barrel band, possibly to make it easier to grip. There is some separation along the grain lines on the butt stock, which have been filled from what we can tell. Most likely it dried out, and the wood started to split in areas, now in the long past.
The bore on this example does show lands and grooves, but there is definitely oxidation from use and age, which extends into the breech. This has the look of a gun that definitely was stored in a dry environment for a long period without proper maintenance, which allows areas to oxidize. The ejector is present, however it does not lock in the closed position, so one of the springs is missing. The breech block pin also is missing the extension that holds it in place. The rear sight works well, and is completely.
The butt plate is marked U.S. and both barrel bands are U marked. Metal finish very nice, with a dark patina on most components, with just a bit of peppering. It does look like there has been some overall peppering in the distant past, long cleaned away. Center fire breechloader, .45 cal., two bands, two sling swivels with stacking swivel, standard sliding sight, and standard 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: a very faint V over a P over an eagle's head on the left side just above the stock. The upper right corner of the standard sliding sight leaf and the left side of the ramp are marked R to indicate that the sight graduations are for a rifle and not a carbine.
This is nice opportunity to pick up a nice service used example of a classic U.S. issue firearm. Ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: 1877
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 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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Note: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre, so we are no able to ship to the United Kingdom.
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