Item:
ON9033

Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Rifle Made in 1881

Item Description

Original Item: Only One available. This is a wonderful example of the classic Springfield trapdoor rifle, it's breach block is marked:

U.S.

MODEL

1873

While the wood stock bears a military inspector's cartouche dated 1881. The rifle is in very nice condition with great amounts of the original finish remaining and looks as if it has come right out of very long term storage. The Trapdoor Springfield Rifle was 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.

This is a real peach and well worth placing in any U.S. Military Collection.

Offered in very good/excellent condition is this trapdoor rifle in 45-70 government caliber. Serial #158612 with a legible SWP 1881 cartouche, overall very good metal finish with all proofs still present. The serial number indicates that it was built at Springfield in 1880.

The butt plate is marked U.S. and both barrel bands are "U" marked. The rifle features an excellent un-sanded stock with visible SWP 1881. Center fire breechloader, .45 cal., two bands, two sling swivels, Buffington sight, sliding ramrod bayonet. Lock is marked with an eagle and "US 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. 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 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.

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

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