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U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1888 Round Rod Bayonet Rifle - Serial No 549067

Regular price $1,395.00

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The Model 1888 round rod bayonet rifles were Springfield's last attempt at producing a trapdoor rifle with a working and reliable bayonet retention mechanism. The models were produced between 1890 and 1893, when trapdoor production came to an end.

Offered in excellent condition is this trapdoor rifle in 45-70 government caliber. Serial #549067 with overall wonderful metal finish with all proofs still present. The serial number indicates that it was built at Springfield between April and July 1891.

The butt plate is marked U.S. and both barrel bands are "U" marked. The rifle features an excellent un-sanded stock. Center fire breechloader, .45 cal., two bands, two sling swivels, Buffington sight, sliding ramrod bayonet. Lock is marked with an eagle and "US SPRINGFIELD" manufactured by Springfield Armory, Springfield Massachusetts. Breechblock is marked US Model 1884.

Additional marks of interest include inspectors’ and proof marks around the breech end of the barrel: a capital A on top; and 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 Buffington sight leaf is marked R to indicate that the sight graduations are for a rifle and not a carbine.

These guns may be found with an assortment of front sight covers; however this one has the standard third-type blade front sight.

Model 1884 and Model 1888 rifles saw service in the Spanish American War. The regular army was issued the new Krag rifles and the guard units received the trapdoor. There are a number of stereopticon pictures that show guard units armed with a mix of 1884 and 1888 rifles.

NOTE: International orders of antique firearms MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services (courier). USPS Priority Mail international will not accept these.This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre in the UK.

Shipping Restrictions

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    New Jersey


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Legal Information

  • Note: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre in the UK.

    IMA considers all of our antique guns as non-firing, inoperable and/or inert. Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 921(a)(16) defines antique firearms as all guns made prior to 1899. This law exempts antique firearms from any form of gun control or special engineering because they are not legally considered firearms. No FFL, C&R or any license is required to posses, transport, sell or trade Antique guns. All rifles and muskets sold by IMA that were manufactured prior to 1899 are considered Antiques by the US BATF (United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms). Therefore, all of IMA's Antique guns may be shipped to all US States and most nations around the world.

    These antique guns are not sold in live condition. They are sold as collector’s items or as wall hangers. Any attempt at restoring an antique gun to be operational is strongly discouraged and is done so at the risk of the customer. By purchasing an antique gun from IMA you thereby release IMA, its employees and corporate officers from any and all liability associated with use of our Antique guns.

    Pre-1899 Manufacture, no licenses required, allowed to ship to almost any deliverable address across the globe. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services

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