IDENTIFIED MODEL 1884 'TRAPDOOR' U.S. SPRINGFIELD RIFLE

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Item Code: 613-07


Produced by the Springfield Armory, this .45-70 caliber, centerfire, cartridge weapon, serial number #532361, is one of over 160,000 made from 1879 through 1885. Identified to the 13th New York Volunteer Infantry, the rifle's iron surfaces wear a flat dark plum patina and show almost no original bluing or color casehardening. Does exhibit scattered light pitting overall. The low-arched breechblock bears the stamping "US / MODEL / 1884" at the hinge. Stamping clear. Mechanics are tight and crisp. Bore is good and should clean to bright. Lockplate markings show the spreadwinged eagle and "US / SPRINGFIELD" forward of the hammer. Word 'Springfield' thin. Iron surface is mottled and shows salt and pepper rust pitting.

Black walnut stock never cleaned and exhibits a dark pleasing smooth patina along with its share of normal handling marks, dings and scuffing. Obverse side of stock exhibits the numerals and letters "13 NY" cleanly stamped into the wood. ID invites further research. Stock has a clear cartouche stamp on the left wrist area that reads "LWP / 1891". Stock shows inspector stampings of single, small "C" along with a fancy script initial "T" within an circle on the underside of butt near triggerguard tang. All iron mountings standard and present. Rear sight is the long-range type with the adjustable slide leaf. Blade front sight on the muzzle. Complete with the original ramrod. A very nice M1884 Trapdoor .45/70.

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