The Model 1865 First Type Allin Trapdoor design was invented by Erskine S. Allin, Master Armorer at Springfield Armory, as a solution to converting the massive surplus of, then outdated, muzzle loading rifled-muskets manufactured during the Civil War to a more modern breech loading design. Only 5,000 of these First Model Allins (also known as the Model 1865) were manufactured by altering existing rifle-muskets to the trapdoor system in order to allow loading from the breech end with a .58 rimfire metallic cartridge. After only one year of production, Springfield shifted to manufacturing the simpler .50-70 centerfire Model 1866 rifles, making any surviving First Models rare and desirable. This example features an "1865" dated lock, "ESA" cartouche, and "US" marked buttplate. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a US socket bayonet, leather sling, and wood tampion. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good, showing mostly armoury bright and most of the greyed original oil quenched case hardening with a few scattered patches of very light surface pitting. The wood is also very good with some minor dings and scratches scattered throughout and a hairline crack in the right near the lock. Mechanically excellent.
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