Original U.S. Very Early Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Rifle made in 1874 - Serial No 14400

Item Description

Original Item: Only One available. This is a VERY early example of the classic Springfield trapdoor rifle, with a lot of features that were removed in the subsequent years. This is the weapon used, in its carbine form, 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:


In the years following, the stamping on the breech block was simplified. Offered in very good condition is this trapdoor rifle in .45-70 government caliber, with low serial 14400, overall good metal finish with all proofs still present. The serial number indicates production in 1874, only the second year of production for this famous long rifle. There are some small dents and scratches in the wood, as expected on a rifle this age, but the stock does not appear to have had any major repairs or damage. The stock is still mostly proud over the lock plate, indicating it has not been sanded down, and has beautiful grain and color. There are not any inspection cartouches on the left side, probably worn off due to all the scratches in that area.

The bore is in very good condition, with clear lands and grooves, and just some light haziness in the mostly bright finish. The butt plate is marked U.S. and both barrel bands are U marked. Metal finish is a nice lightly worn gray color, with a bit of peppering in places. Center fire breechloader, .45 cal., two bands, two sling swivels with stacking swivel, standard sliding sight, and standard early pattern ramrod. Lock is marked with an eagle and U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / 1873, manufactured by Springfield Armory, Springfield Massachusetts. Only the very early examples had dated lock plates.

A 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:  a C over V over a P over an eagle's head. The rear sight is not marked "R" for rifle. as it is a very early version of the sight. There also has been a sight hood installed over the original front sight.

This is an excellent opportunity to pick up a VERY EARLY and interesting example of a classic U.S. issue firearm. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1874
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 32 Inches
Overall Length: 52 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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    New Jersey

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