Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Rifle made in 1882 with Bayonet and Scabbard - Serial No 162215

Item Description

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:


Offered in excellent condition is this trapdoor rifle in .45-70 government caliber, complete with original issue bayonet and scabbard. Serial # 162215 with a legible SWP 1881 cartouche, overall good metal finish with all proofs still present. The serial number indicates production in 1882 and the stock is in good original condition, having been made in the previous year. There are some gouges, chips and dents as expected on a rifle this age, but the stock does not appear to have  had any major repairs. The stock has been sanded down at bit, as the stock is even with the lock plate. The bore is in excellent condition, with clear lands and grooves and a bright finish.

The butt plate is marked "U.S." and both barrel bands are "U" marked. Metal finish shows some traces of past pitting, and a lot of the bluing on the fittings is worn off.  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 US SPRINGFIELD, manufactured by Springfield Armory, Springfield Massachusetts.

The included socket bayonet has lost most of the original blued finish, and has evidence of past pitting. There is still a ghost of the U.S. on the ricasso. The scabbard is dent free, and has a good amount of the original finish left. The attached swivel frog is in fair condition, with the leather intact but delicate, and has a U.S. marked rosette on the hinge joint with the brass belt hook.

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 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 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 a great example of a Springfield Trapdoor rifle, complete with bayonet and scabbard, ready to add to your collection.


Year of Manufacture: 1880 - Arsenal Repaired 1891
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
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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