1295. Early U.S. Model 1873 Trapdoor Rifle by Springfield Armory

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serial #3803, 45-70, 32 5/8'' barrel with a very good plus bore that shows some frosting and light pitting. The lockplate has the correct ''U.S./Springfield/1873'' marking and it retains much of its arsenal blue finish with some light oxidation and scattered fading. The other parts are mostly a dull gray patina with a few spots of oxidation and some oxidation staining. The walnut stock rates very good as lightly cleaned long ago with the faint outline of an oval cartouche on the left side, the expected dings and handling marks from an arm of this age. Interestingly the Springfield Research Service lists 1873 Trapdoor serial number #3802 as being shipped to company I of the 3rd Infantry on February 19th, 1881. The rifle is equipped with a correct 1400-yard rear sight and a correct ramrod. The upper tang screw is proud of the tang and the hammer will occasionally stick near the half-cock position when the trigger is pulled. A very good example of an early 1873 Trapdoor rifle. (208737-567) {ANTIQUE} [Dr. Louis C. March Jr. Collection] (800/1200) Sold For 632.50

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