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Springfield Model 1884 Trapdoor Infantry Rifle

Currency:USD Category:Firearms & Military Start Price:800.00 USD Estimated At:NA
Springfield Model 1884 Trapdoor Infantry Rifle
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Antique Springfield Model 1884 Trapdoor Single-Shot Infantry Rifle, #485182, .45-70 Gov't. CF cal., 32-5/8'' round barrel with block-blade front (doubles as bayonet lug) and adjustable folding-leaf Buffington (correctly marked ''R'' for Rifle) rear sight, marked ''V/P/(eagle head)/P'' and ''A'' at breech; hinged trapdoor breechblock is marked ''U.S./Model/1884'' at front; flat lockplate is marked ''(spread-wing eagle with shield)'' and ''U.S./Springfield'' below latch; steel mountings include two spring-retained barrel bands (top with stacking swivel), two-piece trigger guard with sling swivel at front, curved buttplate marked ''US'' at top screw, nosecap, and slotted button-tip ramrod; one-piece oil-stained walnut fullstock has a sharp ''SWP'' (Samuel W. Porter) over ''1890'' script inspector's cartouche opposite lock. Mfg'd ca. 1886-91. Condition is near excellent. Barrel retains approx. 90% smooth thinning military blue; barrel bands, trigger guard and nosecap show deep glossy original blue; trapdoor retains mottled case colors; hammer, latch and lockplate are dark; buttplate retains all blue to top tang but is otherwise gunmetal gray. Stock is solid with only minor age-use marks, sharp ''N'' and encircled ''P'' proofs at belly, and very pleasing grain and color. Sharp edges and clear markings throughout; action is strong; bore shines with light frosting toward muzzle and sharp rifling. Est.: $1,600-$1,800. (Antique)