Antique US SPRINGFIELD Model 1873 TRAPDOOR .45-70 GOVT Caliber CADET Rifle
Manufactured at the Height of the Indian Wars!
Here we present an antique U.S. Springfield Model 1873 Trapdoor Cadet Rifle, made by the Springfield Armory. Manufactured between 1873 and 1877 during the height of the Indian War and the Custer massacre, this is a cadet rifle version of the U.S. Springfield Model 1873. 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. Strong action. The bore is bright, with slight frosting. The stock is solid. Signs of weathering throughout. “1873” dated breech. “RL” is tamped on the left buttstock with “RWB” on the right.
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Barrel is 29-3/4 inches.
Caliber: .45-70 GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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