1890 SPRINGFIELD ARMORY Model 1884 TRAPDOOR .45-70 GOVT CADET Rifle Antique
Chambered in the Original 45-70 GOVT!
Here we present an antique U.S. Springfield Model 1884 Trapdoor Cadet Rifle, made by the Springfield Armory. Manufactured circa1890 nearing the end of the Indian Wars, this is a cadet rifle version of the U.S. Springfield Model 1884. The 1884 Cadet Model Trapdoor Rifle is identical to the Standard 1884 Infantry Rifle, from the butt plate up to the rear or lower barrel band. The obvious difference is the overall length of the barrel, and thus the rifle. The standard Infantry barrel length was about 31-5/8″ whereas the barrel on a Cadet Rifle was just about 2 inches shorter coming in at about 29-5/8″.
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 near fine. Excellent action. Bright bore with sharp rifling. Sharp SWP/1890 cartouche on the left stock flat. Solid walnut stock with a nice, smooth finish. A great piece of Americana!
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Barrel is 29-5/8 inches.
Caliber: .45-70 GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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