Original U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1884 Saddle Ring Carbine with Rear Sight Band Guard - made in 1889

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 something we have not had on a carbine before, 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 # 439586  indicates production in 1889, and the stock is in good original condition, with the expected wear from age and service. The bore is in good condition, with a bright finish and clear lands and grooves, but there is some significant wear, and oxidation towards the muzzle.

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.

There are traces of the 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, 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 R 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. The sight is unfortunately missing the top screw, which broke off, but could be replaced.

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: 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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