1882 INDIAN WARS Antique SPRINGFIELD Model 1879 TRAPDOOR Infantry Rifle
Chambered in the Original 45-70 GOVT
Here we present an antique U.S. Springfield Model 1879 Trapdoor Rifle, made circa 1882 by Springfield Armory. After the Civil War, the War Department wanted a breech-loading rifle. To be specific, it wanted a breech-loading rifle that would chamber a self-primed, metallic cartridge. Amazingly, despite the adoption of the ill-fated Model 1882 Chaffee-Reese Bolt Action Magazine Rifle, new models of trapdoor rifles continued to be produced and used all the way through the mid-1890s, until finally, the Krag-Jorgensen was adopted. The U.S. continued to see unrest and conflict with the displaced Native Americans during this time, including the Wounded Knee Massacre on December 29th, 1890. Trapdoors continued to see use all the way through the Spanish American War.
The overall condition is very good. The action is strong and tight. The bore is in nice shape. This example has survived the test of time quite well and has a solid stock. There is a legible cartouche on the left side of the stock dated 1882. The ladder on the rear sight is a bit loose. A nice 139 year old US military rifle for your collection!
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Barrel is 32-5/8 inches.
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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