374. U.S. Model 1884 Trapdoor Rifle by Springfield Armory

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serial #465568, 45-70, 32 5/8" barrel with a bright near excellent bore. The barreled action and lock of this nice trapdoor retain perhaps 90% original blue showing some even thinning to gray patina and a couple small dings along the barrel, scattered light scratches, freckling and spots of minor oxidation staining. The breechblock and upper tang retain most of their lovely case-hardened colors with some scattered light oxidation staining and toning to smooth light gray patina. All of the markings are quite crisp and clear and the lockplate screws retain some hints of nice fire blue. The smooth straight grip walnut stock remains in very good plus condition showing a thin 1 1/2" crack behind the lockplate, a couple moderate dings around the tangs, some further smaller scratches and handling marks. The stock retains much of its armory oil finish with a nice circled "P" firing proof on the toe line and 1889-dated cartouche on the left side. The rifle retains its correct sights, sling swivels and cleaning rod and the three-position lock functions crisply. A lovely example overall that appears to have seen little if any use. (138758-1) {ANTIQUE} (1000/1500) SOLD FOR $977.50

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