1891 mfr. Antique US SPRINGFIELD Model 1888 “TRAPDOOR” Rifle RAMROD BAYONET
S.W. Porter Inspected Trapdoor, Many Used in Spanish-American War
Here we present an antique U.S. Springfield Model 1888 Trapdoor Rifle in .45-70 GOVT, made circa 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts. These were the last of the trapdoor rifles that were in use since the end of the American Civil War. It also marked the end of the black powder-era, single shot, big-bore, hammer-fired rifles in U.S. service. The U.S. government would adopt the Krag-Jorgensen in 30-40 Krag, a smokeless, small-bore, bolt action repeater. However, when the U.S. went to war with Spain in the Spanish-American War in Cuba, many, if not a majority, of the state militia troops were still using the latest models of trapdoor rifle.
This rifle is equipped with a ramrod bayonet and a highly adjustable and optimistic Buffington rear sight. The breech block is marked “US MODEL 1884”, though the Model 1888 is its own distinct variant. The lock is marked with a federal eagle and “U.S. SPRINGFIELD”. Many state militias purchased these and used them long after they were out of use with the federal military. The left stock is clearly marked SWP/1891, indicating that this rifle was inspected by Steven W. Porter, Master Armorer and Ordnance Inspector at the Springfield Armory.
The overall condition is fine. Excellent action. Original blue and case color finish preserved. Mirror bright bore with sharp rifling. Fine stock with less than expected wear and a clearly dated “1891” cartouche on the left wrist. “1884” dated trapdoor. The right side of the stock is unit marked.
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Barrel is 32-5/8 inches.
Caliber: .45-70 GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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