Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Rifle made in 1885 with Socket Bayonet - Serial 263950

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 very good service used condition is this trapdoor rifle in .45-70 government caliber, complete with an original socket bayonet. Serial # 264226 is marked on the rear of the receiver, indicating production in 1885. The metalwork has a lovely aged patina, with all proofs still present. The stock is in very good original condition, with lots of character, and a great dark brown red color. There are the expected dings, dents, and other wear expected for a rifle that was in service for some time. The stock is also completely below the level of the stock, so it definitely has been cleaned and worn down, and probably also arsenal reconditioned.

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 good service used condition, showing clear lands and grooves, but also wear and oxidation in the grooves. This is definitely a rifle that saw significant use during service. The ejector is present, and functions correctly, though we have not tested it with real brass.

Metal finish is a nice 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 U.S. / 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 and blade. It looks like the bayonet was lacquered at some point in the past to protect it, which we have left intact.

There is still a ghost of the stylized P in a circle under the wrist of the stock, indicating 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 service used 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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