SCARCE Antique U.S. SPRINGFIELD-SHARPS Model 1870 Military TRIALS Rifle
RARE 1 of 300 Model 1870 2nd Type Military Trials Rifle!
Here we present an antique U.S. Springfield-Sharps Model 1870 2nd Type Military Trials rifle made in the early 1870s. Only 300 of these rifles were produced by Springfield Armory with some new parts coming from Sharps and the rest being made in the armory. These were issued to various units during the Indian Wars, along with other firearms that were participating in the trials with instructions to report on which system they preferred.
Even though these are called Model 1870s, this rifle is one of 300 produced with the so-called “Model 1874” style action. The actions were made by Sharps and Springfield Armory with newly fabricated parts necessary to complete the rifles. The action for this rifle shows no provisions for the pellet primer system and has the 1848 Sharps patent date on the left side. Only 300 trial rifles were made at Springfield Armory using all new cartridge receivers instead of converted Civil War actions. These were numbered from 1 up in their own range: this one is number 180! The buttstock has an “ESA” cartouche on the left side for Erskine S. Allin, who was the Director of the US Arsenal in Springfield, Massachusetts. The buttplate tang is marked “US”. The receiver, lock, hammer and lever are casehardened. Mounted with a full walnut stock secured by two barrel bands with a sling swivel on the forward band. The straight grip stock has a sling swivel and iron buttplate.
The overall condition is Good. The action is not functioning. The bore is bright. The ladder sight is broken and does not function. This serial number is what appears to be 130, making it a fairly early one inside of only 300 made! Here is a fantastic and rare piece of US and firearms history!
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Barrel is 35-1/8 inches.
Caliber: .50-70 GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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