Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1884 Saddle Ring Carbine with Rear Sight Band Guard - made in 1888

Item Description

Original Item: Only One available. This is a great 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 the correct Buffington rear sight. It also includes the correct Saddle Carbine band guard, which prevent the sights getting caught in the saddle bucket. This is only the fourth example we have seen, and they seem to be quite rare. It also comes with its original Saddle Ring and Bar on the left hand side of the wood stock.

The serial # 415081  indicates production in 1888, and there is a faded Inspector's Cartouche on the left side, of the stock, though it is not legible. The stock is in good original condition, with the expected wear from age and service. It is somewhat proud over the lock plate, so the stock has not been sanded down much. The bore is in good condition, showing clear lands and grooves, however there is also fouling, so the finish is grayish.

This carbine is also fitted with the butt stock storage compartment, where a multi-piece cleaning rod and tools would be stored. Unfortunately these are long gone, and it is empty.

The butt plate is marked U.S. though the front band/guard is unmarked. Metal finish is quite good, with the original blue fading to plum, and some rust speckling. 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 by Springfield Armory, Springfield Massachusetts.

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 over another P on the left side just above the stock. There is also an A stamped on top of the chamber. The upper right corner of the Buffington sight leaf is 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: 1888
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 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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