.45-70 GOVT Antique SPRINGFIELD ARMORY Model 1884 TRAPDOOR Cadet Rifle
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 circa 1884 during the height of the Indian War and not long after the Custer massacre, 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 1/2″ whereas the barrel on a Cadet Rifle was just about 2 inches shorter coming in at about 29 1/2″.
The overall condition is near fine. Original blue finish and case colors. The action is excellent. The bore is bright with nice rifling. This example sports a solid stock with a visible “SWP/1884” cartouche—the inspector marking for S.W. Porter. “US” is stamped atop the butt plate tang. View and proof marks are located on the left side of the barrel. This is a great rifle and one of the shorter cadet models!
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Barrel is 29-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .45-70 GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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