INDIAN WARS Antique .45-70 GOVT US SPRINGFIELD Model 1879 TRAPDOOR Rifle
US Infantry Rifle during America’s Western Expansion
Here we present an antique U.S. Springfield Model 1879 Trapdoor Rifle, made in 1883 at the Springfield Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts. 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.
This example has a clear 1883 dated inspector cartouche with the initials “SWP”, for Master Armorer and Ordnance Inspector Samuel W. Porter.
The overall condition is near fine. Original blue and case color finish. Excellent action. Bright, sharply rifled bore. The stock is solid throughout with an average amount of wear. An “1883” dated cartouche is on the left wrist with a “circle/P” stamped on the pistol grip. “US” stamped lock and butt plate.
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Barrel is 32-5/8 inches.
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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