A total of approximately 400 Second Model carbines were manufactured for the U.S. Army in 1880-81 by Springfield Armory using Winchester supplied actions and buttplates. The rifle has a blued barrel, receiver, and trigger guard. The bolt is bright, and the walnut stock is oil finished. The safety and magazine cutoff are located on the top of the receiver, and the barrel is fitted with blade front sight and a Buckhorn folding ladder rear sight correctly marked with "H.C." on the 600 yard base and 1,400 yard ladder. The left side of the receiver is marked with the three-line address and patent marking. The top left flat surface of the receiver is marked with the serial number "12814" followed by the Henry Nettleton's Ordnance inspector's initials "HN.", which is also marked on the bolt. The top of the barrel at the breech is also marked with "U.S." and "V/P/eagle head" proofs. The left rear of the stock is marked with Samuel W. Porter's boxed script "SWP/1881" inspection cartouche, and the right rear of the stock is marked with Henry Nettleton's circled script "HN" inspection cartouche. The front of the stock has the a nickel forend cap and contains a two-piece cleaning rod stored inside the forend. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good, retaining 40% original blue finish thinning to a brown patina with scattered light spotting. Stock is very good plus with attractive raised grain, a few hairline cracks at the forend, a noticeable semi-circular crack visible on the left of the wrist and behind the upper tang, a chip at the toe, and crisp cartouches. Mechanically excellent.
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