This rifle is one of around 500 manufactured for the U.S. Army and has traces of a faint, barely legible cartouche ending in "8" (ESA/1878) on the left side of the stock. It has the First Model turn button magazine cut-off located above the trigger guard on the right side. The left side of the receiver is marked with the three-line address/patent markings. The barrel has "US" and "V/P/eagle head" proof and inspection marks at the breech and the Springfield Model 1873 sights. A U.S. socket bayonet with a scabbard and New Jersey hanger along with a Rock Island Arsenal black leather sling are included. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good with 40% faded original blue finish on the barrel, smooth gray and brown patina on the balance, some marks along the top of the barrel and receiver at the breech, and mild overall wear. The stock is good with semi-circular reglued crack visible at the rear of the action and mild scrapes and dings. Mechanically fine.