1889 Antique US SPRINGFIELD Model 1884 “TRAPDOOR” .45-70 GOVT Caliber Rifle
Chambered in the Original .45-70 GOVT
Here we present an antique U.S. Springfield Model 1884 Trapdoor Rifle, made by the Springfield Armory. This rifle was manufactured in 1889, around the Indian the end of the Indian Wars and just before the Wounded Knee massacre. 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.
This example has a very clear 1889 dated inspector cartouche with the initials “SWP”, for Master Armorer and Ordnance Inspector Samuel W. Porter.
The overall condition is nearing fine. Original blued and case colored finish. Excellent action. Bright bore with sharp rifling. Fine stock with a “1889” dated cartouche on the left wrist. “US” stamped buttplate tang and bayonet!
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Barrel is 32-5/8 inches.
Caliber: .45-70 GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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