Antique U.S. 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 1886, in the waning days of the Indian Wars and four years 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.
The overall condition is good. Original patina. Strong action. Bright bore. Solid stock with an average amount of wear, minor scuff, and dings. Sharp markings throughout. “1873” dated. This example is “us” marked. No visible cartouches.
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Barrel is 32-5/8 inches.
Caliber: .45-70 GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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