Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Rifle made in 1883 with Bayonet and N.G.P. Scabbard - Serial No 202372

Item Description

Original Item: Only One available. This is a 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 good condition is this trapdoor rifle in .45-70 government caliber, complete with original issue socket bayonet and scabbard marked N.G.P.. Serial 202372 with overall fair/good metal finish with all barrel proofs still present. The serial number indicates production in 1883. There are some dents in the wood, as expected on a rifle this age, but the stock does not appear to have had any major repairs or damage. It has the lovely red-brown color of aged oiled walnut. However, the stock has definitely been sanded down at least once, as the lock plate is proud over the surrounding stock. This unfortunately has removed the proof marks that were stamped into the stock.

The butt plate is marked U.S. and both barrel bands are U marked. Metal finish is good, but there has definitely been past pitting on a lot of the metalwork. This is definitely a rifle that saw much service and use. The bore is fair, with rifling visible, but it is definitely worn, and has powder fouling.

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. Due to past corrosion, the lock plate markings are somewhat difficult to read.

The included socket bayonet is in similar condition, solid but with most of the original finish missing, with instead a worn gray patina. There is a clear U.S. stamp on the ricasso, and the bayonet is definitely in solid condition, with no major pitting issues. The scabbard is in somewhat better condition, with a good amount of the original finish. The attached swivel frog is in good condition, with the leather worn but solid, and has an N.G.P. marked rosette on the hinge joint with the brass belt hook. This stands for the National Guard of Pennsylvania, who was issued many of these rifles.

Additional marks of interest include inspectors' and proof marks around the breech end of the barrel, which are faint:  a V over a P over an eagle's head over another P on the left side just above the stock. The standard sliding side is in good condition, and appears to have been an arsenal replacement made years ago, if the finish is any indicator. The lower barrel band indicates that the rifle may have had a Buffington sight fitted at one time, which was later removed.

This is a great example of a service used Springfield rifle, ready to add to your collection.


Year of Manufacture: 1883
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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