Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Rifle Made in 1882 with Round Rod Bayonet
Original Item: Only One available. This is a most interesting Springfield trapdoor rifle, it's breach block is marked:
While the rod bayonet was not implemented until two years later in 1884. The rifle is in very nice condition with great amounts of the original finish remaining. 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 1776.
The Rod Bayonet model was introduced in 1884 so this rifle was returned to stores after 1884 and then updated to the then current issue specifications. This is a real peach and well worth placing in any U.S. Military Collection.
Offered in excellent condition is this trapdoor rifle in 45-70 government caliber. Serial # 318973, overall very good metal finish with all proofs still present. The serial number indicates that it was built at Springfield in 1882.
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 1891. Center fire breechloader, .45 cal., two bands, two sling swivels, Buffington sight, sliding ramrod bayonet. 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 V over a P over an eagles 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.
These guns may be found with an assortment of front sight covers; however this one has the standard third-type blade front sight.
Model 1884 and Model 1888 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 a mix of 1884 and 1888 rifles.
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