Antique U.S. SPRINGFIELD Model 1888 “TRAPDOOR” Rifle with RAMROD BAYONET
Indian Wars, Spanish American-War
Here we present an antique U.S. Springfield Model 1888 Trapdoor Rifle in .45-70 GOVT, made circa 1892 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.
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/1892, indicating that this rifle was inspected by Steven W. Porter, Master Armorer and Ordnance Inspector at the Springfield Armory.
The overall condition is very good. Excellent action. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. Very good walnut stock with average wear and a “1892” dated cartouche for S.W. Porter. Original finish/patina. This one includes the cleaning supplies in the trap located in the butt stock.
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Barrel is 32-5/8 inches.
Caliber: .45-70 GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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