Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Rifle made in 1883 with Bayonet and Scabbard - Serial No 198849

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 # 198849 with a partly legible SWP cartouche, overall good metal finish with all proofs still present. The serial number indicates production in 1883 and the stock is in good original condition. There are some small 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 level of the lock plate. The bore is in very good condition, with clear lands and grooves and a bright finish, with just a few spots of darkening.

The butt plate is marked "U.S." and both barrel bands are "U" marked. Metal components are solid, though the finish is a bit worn, giving parts a bright appearance. 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 most of the original blued finish, and is marked U.S. on the ricasso. The bayonet is in good condition, with a lot of the original bluing intact, though it does have some areas of light pitting, especially on the socket. The scabbard is dent free, and has a good amount of the original finish left. The attached swivel frog is solid, and has a U.S. marked rosette on the hinge joint.

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. There are remnants of the 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 R 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 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.


Year of Manufacture: 1883
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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