Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Rifle made in 1883 with Socket Bayonet - Serial No 227868

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 very nice condition is this trapdoor rifle in .45-70 government caliber, Serial # 227868 with a faint SWP 1883 cartouche, overall worn metal finish with all proofs still present. The serial number indicates production in 1883, with final inspection in the same year. The stock is in very good original condition, with lots of character. There are some small dents and scratches in the wood, as expected on a rifle this age, but the stock does not appear to have had any major repairs or damage. Just honest service wear, giving it a lovely worn look. The stock is still fully proud over the lock plate, so there does not appear to have been any arsenal reconditioning done.

The bore is in good condition, with a partly bright finish and visible lands and grooves, for about 2/3 of the bore from the chamber. The rest is fouled and oxidized, with a fairly abrupt transition. Most likely oil from the chamber protected the areas closer to it, while the end suffered some weather damage. The ejector is present, and functions correctly, though we have not tested it with real brass. The sight works well, though one of the internal springs is missing, so it can move at an angle.

The butt plate is marked U.S. and both barrel bands are U marked. Metal finish is a Very nice, with a dark blued color on most components, with just a bit of peppering. 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 U.S. / 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. The clear 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, and a small R over the chamber. 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.

The included bayonet is the standard Model 1873 Socket bayonet, marked U.S. on the ricasso, and in very good service worn condition. It fits on the rifle nicely, and has a lovely aged patina.

This is an excellent opportunity to pick up a very nice example of a classic U.S. issue firearm. Ready to display!


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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