Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 36: U.S. Springfield Model 1877 Trapdoor Carbine

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Scarce U.S. Springfield Model 1877 Trapdoor Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

Scarce U.S. Springfield Model 1877 Trapdoor Carbine

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1877
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-70 Government
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1269
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 56
Class: Antique

Reportedly 4,500 of these so called "Transitional Model 1873/1879" carbines were manufactured between 1877-1878. This rifle is manufactured within the correct pre-100000 serial number range with the low-arch breechblock, standard blade front sight, the continuous curve notch and folding ladder rear sight graduated out to 1,200 yards and marked "C", "U.S./MODEL/1873" breechblock marking, no "1873" on the lock, single sling swivel on the barrel band (stacking swivels listed as standard), an "1878" dated cartouche on the stock, and a thick wrist stock with a 10 1/2 inch comb and a compartment in the butt (empty).

Rating Definition:

Very good, retains 30% plus of the vibrant original case colors on the breech block with the balance of the metal having thinned and been cleaned to mostly a smooth grey patina and a thin protective varnish applied. The reoiled wood is also very good with some scattered light handling marks, some light chipping near the buttplate, and a well-defined slightly enhanced cartouche. Mechanically excellent. A very good example of a Springfield Model 1877 carbine that likely saw use on the American plains during the Indian Wars!

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