Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Saddle Ring Cavalry Carbine - circa 1876

Item Description

Original Item: Only One available. This is a nice service used example of the classic Springfield trapdoor Cavalry 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 good condition is this trapdoor carbine is in .45-70 government caliber, with a partial SWP cartouche on the stock. The overall metal finish shows a lot of peppering from surface oxidation, now cleaned away. Unfortunately this has made the original proofs on the barrel impossible to see, and the serial number is mostly removed as well. It has the correct two part trigger guard, and the rear sight is the earliest pattern Model 1873 sight, in use until 1877. However, it does have a serrated trigger, which would indicate that it saw arsenal servicing at some point during its long service life.

The stock on this example is in good condition, though there is a repaired crack running partway through the wrist, right around where the stock cartouche is. It looks to have been pinned and repaired long ago. The bore is in good condition, with clear lands and grooves, and a partly bright finish. There is however some oxidation in the grooves, and definitely wear to the lands. The breech block extractor is present and functional, though we have not tested the ability to eject an actual spent cartridge. The butt stock has the correct storage compartment for the cleaning rod, though it is unfortunately empty.

The butt plate is marked U.S. and the barrel band is U marked. Metal finish is overall worn to a nice gray patina, with areas of past peppering. Center fire breechloader, .45 cal., single band, no sling swivels, and a standard rear ladder sight. It still has the correct saddle ring bar with an intact sliding ring to attach to the sling. 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.

This is a great opportunity to pick up a rare example of a Springfield Trapdoor Carbine in very good condition, ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1876
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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