Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine made in 1882 - Serial No 187224

Item Description

Original Item: Only One available. This is an excellent example of the classic Springfield trapdoor Saddle Ring Carbine, the weapon used by the troopers of the 7th Cavalry that met their fate at the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876. It was made in 1874, so it was actually around at the time, though it is very doubtful it was involved. The breech block is marked:


Offered in very good condition is this trapdoor rifle in .45-70 government caliber, Serial # 187224 with overall good metal finish with all proofs still present. There is also a small star symbol to the right of the serial number, but we do not know what this signifies. The serial number indicates production in 1882, and the stock is in good original condition with a great color. It has the usual dents and wear from use and age, and has been sanded down, so it is below the level of the lock plate. The bore is in very good condition, with clear lands and grooves with a bright finish. Just a bit of wear in areas keeps it from being excellent.

The butt plate is marked U.S. and the metal finish is a very nice, with a great faded plum color.  The barrel band has been replaced with a customized oversize one, which guards the front of the rear sight. This would prevent it from getting tangled while on horseback. Center fire breechloader, .45 cal., single band, saddle-ring on sliding bar, and Buffington sight. Lock is marked with an eagle and U.S. / SPRINGFIELD, manufactured by Springfield Armory, Springfield Massachusetts.

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. 

This is an excellent opportunity to pick up a very nice example of the rare Springfield Trapdoor Carbine. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1882
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 21.5 Inches
Overall Length: 41 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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