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Lot 1314: U.S. Springfield Model 1880/82 Experimental Trapdoor Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Unique U.S. Springfield Model 1880/82 Experimental Trapdoor Rifle with Ramrod Bayonet

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Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

Unique U.S. Springfield Model 1880/82 Experimental Trapdoor Rifle with Ramrod Bayonet

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1882
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-70 Government
Barrel: 32 5/8 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Catalog Page: 146
Class: Antique

This rifle presents itself as an anomaly in having a triangular sliding ramrod bayonet in the form of the rare Model 1882 experimental rifles now with square locking holes as opposed to round holes on the Model 1880 that precedes it and with no projecting ears on the sides of the bayonet retaining spring, and it does not have the friction fit breech block found in the Model 1882. The serial number of this rifle places it inside the accepted Model 1879 range of 100000-280000, after the 1,001 Model 1880 experimental ramrod rifles in the 154000-158000 range, but before the 52 Model 1882 experimental short rifles in the accepted 197000-199000 range. The serial number "187796" has a star marked to the right of it, which is typically attributed to rifles that have gone through an arsenal rebuild. This was likely built as a one-off experimental trial piece with the improved bayonet system. Initials "JG" (possibly John Greer, Captain of Ordnance) marked on the left of the rear barrel band. "U.S./MODEL/1873" marked low arch breech block. Faint boxed script "SWP/1881" (Samuel W. Porter) inspection cartouche on the left of the stock. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Model 1880 buttplate with compartment containing a Model 1879 combination tool and shell extractor tool. Includes leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good, retaining 50% arsenal refurbished blue finish on the barrel with mottled brown patina on the balance and areas of light surface corrosion, traces of original case colors in protected areas with mild spotting on top of the breech block. Stock is also very good as sanded and re-oiled with scattered scratches and dents. Mechanically excellent. A truly unique Springfield Trapdoor rifle that would make a fine addition to any advanced U.S. Military collection!

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