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. Most of the carbines we see do not have these, 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 # 450266  indicates production in 1889, and the stock is in good original condition, with the expected wear from age and service. It is at or below the level of the lock plate, so this carbine has definitely been sanded down a bit. This has unfortunately removed all of the stock cartouches. The bore is in good condition, showing clear lands and grooves, and a partly bright finish. There are however some signs of past oxidation and use.

This carbine is 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 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's top tension screw has unfortunately broken off, so the slider is loose in the channel.

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 faintly marked with an eagle and U.S. / SPRINGFIELD, manufactured by Springfield Armory, Springfield Massachusetts.

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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