Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1884 Display Rifle with Standard Ram Rod made in 1889 - Serial 458504

Item Description

Original Item: Only One available. This is a very nice deactivated "display" 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:


In 1884 the integral Round Rod Bayonet was designed, which could double as a cleaning rod, a development that met with very limited success. However, it was not fitted to all rifles, and not usually seen until at least 1886. It was finally replaced in 1892 with the .30-40 caliber Krag bolt action magazine rifle.

Model 1884 rifles saw service in the Spanish American War. The regular army was issued the new Krag rifles and the guard units received the trapdoor. There are a number of stereopticon pictures that show guard units armed with of 1884 rifles.

Offered in excellent condition is this trapdoor rifle in .45-70 government caliber, Serial # 458504 with a clear SWP 1889 cartouche to the rear of the lock screws. It features a standard ramrod, not the usual ramrod bayonet seen on rifles produced during this time. The rifle has overall very good metal finish and all metal proofs still present, with a nice aged blue finish. The serial number indicates production in 1889, with the stock inspected in the same year.

At some point in the past, it looks like the chamber was partly welded up at the bottom and sides. After that, someone removed the welded areas by drilling into the end of the receiver and barrel. This has left two holes in the chamber, so we definitely consider this "deactivated" and "for display only."

It has the model 1884 serrated trigger and Buffington sight fitted, along with the correct lower barrel band. However, the stock is in the 1873 configuration, with the standard ramrod and two part trigger guard. This was made during the transitional period, so sometimes older configured trigger guards and stocks were used. The cartouche on the stock is fairly definitive in proving that this is the original stock for the gun.

There are some small dents and scratches in the wood, but it still has a great color, and has the lovely color of aged oiled walnut. There are some larger chunks missing around the cleaning rod channel. The stock is still partly proud over the lock plate, so the stock has not worn down or been reconditioned. The bore is in excellent nearly mint condition, with little sign of ever having been fired. The breech block moves correctly, and the extractor is still present and functional, though we have not tested it with real brass.

The both barrel bands are U marked, and the butt plate tang is marked with the correct U.S. stamp. Metal finish is excellent, with strong bluing present on most of the barrel and fittings. There is also a good amount of the original case hardened finish on the breech block. Center fire breechloader, .45 cal., two bands, two sling swivels with stacking swivel, Buffington sight, with standard ramrod. The lock is marked with the Federal Eagle to the left of U.S. / SPRINGFIELD marking, indicating manufacture by Springfield Armory in 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. A VERY faint 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 capital A on top; and a V over a P over an eagle's head over another P on the left side just above the stock. The upper right corner of the Buffington sight leaf is 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 great example of a classic U.S. issue firearm. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1889
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

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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