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Selling: December 8, 2013

Lot 3517: Springfield Armory U.S. - 1888-Rifle

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U.S. Springfield Model 1888 Ramrod Bayonet Rifle
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500
Serial #Springfield Armory U.S. - 1888-Rifle ManufacturerSpringfield Armory U.S. Model1888-Rifle
TypeRifle Gauge45-70 Catalog Page202
Barrel32 5/8 Inch Round FinishBlue/casehardened Grip
Stockwalnut ClassAntique RatingSee Condition
DescriptionManufactured in 1891, this Model 1888 Springfield Trapdoor rifle has a ramrod bayonet. This final trapdoor variation featured the unique ramrod-bayonet, one-piece trigger guard, serrated trigger and butt compartment. The lock plate is marked with the standard "eagle/shield" motif and "U.S./SPRINGFIELD" ahead of the hammer. The low arch breechblock is marked "U.S./MODEL/1884". The left rear of the barrel has the "V/P/eagle head/P" proof and inspection marks and the letter "A" is marked on top of the barrel at the breech. The barrel is fitted with the Buffington rear sight with precise windage and elevation adjustments. There is a sling swivel mounted on the front of the trigger guard and front barrel band. Blue finish with casehardened breechblock and barrel tang. Mounted with a one piece full oil-finished black walnut stock with a "SWP/1891" cartouche on the left wrist, circled script "P" directly behind the lower tang and "US" marked buttplate tang.

ConditionExcellent. The rifle retains nearly 97% original blue finish showing some minor thinning with gray on the high spots of the buttplate. Some minor scratches are present on the trigger guard. The breechblock and tang retain 97% original case colors. The stock is also excellent with a few minor pressure dents. A thumb print size shallow pressure dent is present near the crisp and clear cartouche. Mechanically excellent.
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