INDIAN WARS Antique SPRINGFIELD Model 1879 Breech Loading TRAPDOOR Rifle
Chambered in the Original 45-70 GOVT
Here we present an antique U.S. Springfield Model 1879 Trapdoor Rifle, made circa 1884 by the 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 finish/patina. Strong, tight action. The bore remains bright, in good shape. Solid stock with cartouche remnants on the left side. There is a “P” stamped on the bottom of the buttstock. “US” can be read on the lock and butt plate tang. The leather sling is in good shape.
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Barrel is 32-5/8 inches.
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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