INDIAN WARS Antique SPRINGFIELD Model 1879 Breech Loading TRAPDOOR CARBINE
Made in 1880 Chambered in the Original 45-70 GOVT
Here we present an antique U.S. Springfield Model 1879 Trapdoor Saddle Ring Carbine, made circa the early 1880s by Springfield Armory. 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. Original blue finish and case colors/patina. Excellent action. The bore is in good shape for its age. This example sports a solid stock with faint but visible inspection markings. A “circle/P” is stamped on the buttstock and a partial cartouche on the left stock flat. “1876” marked on the trap door.
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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