Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine serial 176497* - made in 1882

Item Description

Original Item: Only One available. This is a very nice 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. The breech block is marked:


Offered in very good condition is this trapdoor rifle in .45-70 government caliber, fitted with a correct pattern 1879 rear ladder "ramp" sight. It also comes with its original Saddle Ring and Bar on the left hand side of the wood stock. The serial # 176497* indicates production in 1882, before the introduction of the Buffington sight. The "Star" after the serial number has been a cause of debate for years, but it is generally accepted to mean that it was "made with a combination of new and salvaged parts, to be held in reserve, or issued to and/or used by groups like the National Guard." (Please See the website for more information).

There is unfortunately no way to tell whether this rifle was returned to arsenal after production, or whether it was originally produced using the "salvaged" parts. The carbine has an overall good metal finish, with all proofs still present. The stock is also in very good condition, with a lovely color, though it has definitely been refurbished, most likely several times. The level of the wood is now below the level of the hardware throughout the weapon.

The bore is in good condition, with a partly bright finish and clear lands and grooves. There are areas of fouling and oxidation, so it definitely did see some amount of service. The breech block moves correctly, and the extractor is still present and functional, though we have not tested it with real brass. The saddle ring bar is still present, with the correct saddle ring present. It has the correct butt stock storage compartment for the cleaning rod, though it is unfortunately empty.

The butt plate is marked U.S. and the front band/guard is U marked. The metalwork has been worn to a lovely faded blue patina overall. Center fire breechloader, .45 cal., single band, saddle-ring on sliding bar, and carbine M1879 rear "ramp" ladder 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, which are still clear: a V over a P over an eagle's head over another P on the left side just above the stock. The upper left corner of the sight leaf and right side of the ramp are both marked C to indicate that the sight graduations are for a carbine and not a rifle.

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


Year of Manufacture: 1882
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 22 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 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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