This is an exceptional example of a U.S. Springfield 1884 rifle that was manufactured in 1886. The rifle has a blued barrel, bands, receiver, lock, hammer, trigger guard and buttplate with casehardened breechblock and barrel tang. The stock is oil-finished black walnut. The rifle has the Buffington rear sight, low-arch breechblock and grooved trigger. The lock plate is roll-stamped with the eagle and shield motif followed by "U.S./SPRINGFIELD" in two lines in front of the hammer. The serial number is stamped on the rear of the receiver. The breechblock is stamped: "U.S./MODEL/1884" in three lines. The left side of the barrel is stamped with the "V/P/eagle head" proof and inspection marks followed by a second "P". The right side of the Buffington rear sight leaf is stamped "R" (Rifle). The heel of the buttplate is stamped "U.S." in front of the screw. The left stock wrist is stamped with the script initials "SWP/1886" within a rectangle. The sub-inspector's initials "R.D.R." and an encircled script "P" proofmark are stamped behind the trigger guard final.
Excellent plus. The rifle is in as-issued condition and retains 98% of the original blue finish and 99% of the water quenched case colors. The only finish loss on the rifle is surface rust on the muzzle (caused by bayonet) and some minor rack wear on the heel of the buttplate. The case colors on the breechblock and tang are vivid. The stock is in excellent plus condition with raised grain and perfect proof and inspection marks. This is an outstanding example of a Model 1884 Trapdoor Springfield Rifle that would be difficult to improve upon.
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