.45-70 GOVT Antique US SPRINGFIELD Model 1879 INDIAN WARS TRAPDOOR Rifle
1880s Single Shot Infantry Rifle!
Here we present an antique U.S. Springfield Model 1879 Trapdoor Rifle, made by the Springfield Armory. This rifle was manufactured somewhere around the close of the Indian Wars around the time of 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.
The overall condition is very good. The action is strong. The bore is in very nice condition with bright surfaces and sharp rifling. This example sports a solid walnut stock. “12” is stenciled on the right buttstock. “US” can be read on the top of the butt plate tang. Here is a great example of an infantry rifle from the period of the Indian Wars!
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Barrel is 32-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .45-70 GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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