Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1884 Saddle Ring Carbine serial 440670 with Ramp Sight - made in 1889

Item Description

Original Item: Only One available. This is a very nice and interesting 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 its original Saddle Ring and Bar on the left hand side of the wood stock. It looks to have been returned to arsenal at some point for servicing, and at this time had some parts replaced. The carbine has the correct barrel band for a Buffington adjustable sight, however it is now fitted with a Model 1879 ramp sight. The trigger guard is also a two part Model 1873 type, and looks to have been taken from a rifle, as it has the bolster for a sling swivel. It still has the correct serrated trigger. Definitely some modifications worthy of further research!

The serial # 440670 indicates production in 1889, though unfortunately the inspection cartouche is completely worn away. This is definitely a rifle that saw some level of service, based on the overall condition. The stock is in good original condition, with the expected wear from age and service. It is mostly "proud" over the lock plate, so it has not been worn down much on that side, and doesn't show signs of an arsenal refurbish.

The bore is in very good condition, with a mostly bright finish and clear lands and grooves. There is just a bit of fouling and oxidation in the grooves in places. 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. There is no butt stock storage compartment for the cleaning rod, though it definitely appears to be a correct carbine stock.

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, as well as some most advanced rust in areas, particularly on the butt plate. Center fire breechloader, .45 cal., single band, saddle-ring on sliding bar, and carbine M1879 ramp rear 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. The upper right corner of the M1879 standard sliding sight leaf and the left side of the ramp are 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 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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