INDIAN WARS Antique SPRINGFIELD Model 1879 TRAPDOOR .45-70 GOVT CARBINE
Made in 1880 Chambered in the Original 45-70 GOVT
Here we present an antique U.S. Springfield Model 1879 Trapdoor Rifle, made circa 1880 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 near fine. Strong action. Bright bore with sharp rifling. “1880” dated cartouche on the left wrist and circle “P” on the bottom of the stock. Barrel proofs and acceptance. Solid walnut stock. This is a great example of the primary cavalry weapon of the late-1800s!
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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