Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Rifle Made in 1878

Item Description

Original Item: Only One available. This is a wonderful 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 used condition is this trapdoor rifle in 45-70 government caliber. Serial # 79543 with a very worn stock cartouche, overall very good metal finish with all proofs still present. The serial number indicates that it was built at Springfield in 1878, and the stock appears to be original. The number "4" is stamped above the butt plate and again below the barrel tang. The stock is worn, particularly under the sight, which has some grooving due to finger wear. There is also a sliver of wood missing next to the barrel tang, and the right rear sight ear is missing.

The butt plate is marked U.S. and both barrel bands are "U" marked. The rifle stock is somewhat worn, with the remains of a cartouche near the lower lock screw. Center fire breechloader, .45 cal., two bands, two sling swivels, standard sliding sight, and standard ramrod. Lock is marked with an eagle and "US SPRINGFIELD, manufactured by Springfield Armory, Springfield Massachusetts.

A stylized 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: a V over a P over an eagle’s head over another P on the left side just above the stock.

Note: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre in the UK.

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