Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Rifle made in 1885 with Bayonet & Scabbard - Serial 264226

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 excellent condition is this trapdoor rifle in .45-70 government caliber, Serial # 264226, with a VERY faint SWP 1885 cartouche, overall good service worn metal finish with all proofs still present. The serial number indicates production in 1885, 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, and overall wear on the left side, as expected on a rifle this age. However, the stock does not appear to have had any major repairs or damage, and is still mostly proud over the lock plate, so it has not been reconditioned or worn down excessively. It has a lovely dark brown red color that you only see on aged and oiled walnut.

This rifle was made during the introduction of the model 1884, however it is almost entirely in the model 1873 configuration. It only has the serrated trigger, and still has the two part trigger guard and Model 1879 rear ramp sight.

The bore is in very good condition, probably rating a 9 out of 10, showing crisp land and grooves with a bright finish. There is just a bit of oxidation in places, particularly near the muzzle. The ejector is present, and functions correctly, though we have not tested it with real brass. Metal finish is a nice light gray patina, showing years of careful cleaning, with a bit of peppering in places. 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 butt plate is marked U.S. and both barrel bands are U marked.

The included socket bayonet is in very good condition, and much of the original blued finish, with a clear U.S. stamp on the ricasso. There are a few areas of light surface rusting on the socket, which is missing most of the finish. The scabbard body is dent free, with a nice worn blue, with some areas of surface rusting towards the bottom. The attached swivel frog is in good condition, with the leather worn and a bit delicate, and the stitching has rotted out in parts. It has a U.S. marked rosette on the hinge joint with the leather belt loop. There is an arsenal marking on the frog, but we cannot make out what it says.

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.

This is an excellent opportunity to pick up a very nice example of a classic U.S. issue firearm. Complete with bayonet and ready to display!

Specifications (Rifle):-

Year of Manufacture: 1885
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

Specifications (Bayonet):-

Blade Length: 18"
Blade Style: Triangular
Overall length: 21“
Scabbard Length: 18 3/8"

NOTE: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre, so we are not able to ship to the United Kingdom. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services. International customers should always consult their country's antique gun laws prior to ordering.

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