Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1884 Saddle Ring Carbine serial 429897 - made in 1889

Item Description

Original Item: Only One available. This is a very good 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 carbine in .45-70 government caliber, fitted with the correct Buffington rear sight. It also comes with its original Saddle Ring and Bar on the left hand side of the wood stock.

The carbine bears Serial # 429897 on the rear of the receiver, with a nice "boxed" SWP 1887 cartouche on the left side of the stock. The serial number indicates production in approximately January 1889, per U.S. Government records, with stock inspection in 1887. Due to the differences in calendar and fiscal year, this type of mismatch is relatively common. This is definitely a carbine that saw some level of service, based on the overall condition. The stock is in very good original condition, with the expected light wear from age and service. It is still almost fully "proud" over the lock plate, indicating that it has not been arsenal reconditioned.

The bore is in very good condition, with a mostly bright finish and clear lands and grooves. There is a bit of fouling as well as wear to the lands, so this carbine did see some level of use while in 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 Buffington Sight fitted also appears to be the rifle version, with R marked on the sight leaf, which looks to have been on the carbine for some time now.

The butt plate is marked U.S. and the front band/guard is U marked. Metal finish is quite good, with the original blue faded to a lovely gray patina over most areas. There is some staining but no real rust or pitting. Center fire breechloader, .45 cal., single band, saddle-ring on sliding bar, and carbine Buffington sight. Lock is marked with an eagle and U.S. / SPRINGFIELD, manufactured at the United States Armory and Arsenal at Springfield, 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. Additional marks of interest include inspectors' and proof marks around the breech end of the barrel, which are somewhat faded: a V over a P over an eagle's head on the left side just above the stock.

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


Year of Manufacture: 1889
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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