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Auction Date: December 8, 2013

Lot 3512: U.S. Springfield Model 1879 Trapdoor Rifle

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U.S. Springfield Model 1879 Trapdoor Rifle
Estimated Price: $1,300 - $1,900
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Serial #U.S. Springfield Model 1879 Trapdoor Rifle ManufacturerSpringfield Armory U.S. Model1879
TypeRifle Gauge45-70 Catalog Page200
Barrel32 5/8 Inch Round FinishBlue/casehardened Grip
Stockwalnut ClassAntique RatingSee Condition
DescriptionManufactured in 1880. The rear sight is graduated to 1,200 yards with a base graduated 1-5. The rear sight leaf and base are marked with the letter "R" (rifle). The left rear of the barrel is stamped with "V/P/eagle head/P" proofs and the top of the barrel at the breech is stamped with the letter "R". The breechblock is marked "U.S./MODEL/1873" and the lock plate is marked with the eagle/shield motif and "U.S./SPRINGFIELD" ahead of the hammer. The two barrel bands are correctly marked with the letter "U" on the right side. The action has a three-click tumbler and smooth trigger. Blue finish with casehardened breechblock and barrel tang and oil finished walnut stock. The stock wrist has a script "SWP/1880" boxed cartouche and a circled "P" along with a clear "J.C." stamped behind the trigger guard. The buttplate is marked "US".

ConditionExcellent. The rifle retains 95% plus original blue finish showing loss at the muzzle and some high edge wear (heavier on the buttplate). The breechblock and tang retain 97% original case colors. The wood is very fine with some pressure dents and some minor scratches. The cartouche is clear and crisp. Mechanically excellent.
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