Lot #1271
Lot #1273

Lot 1272: U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Rifle with Ramrod Bayonet

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Lot 1272: U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Rifle with Ramrod Bayonet

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized:

U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Rifle with Ramrod Bayonet

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: Trapdoor
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-70 Government
Barrel: 32 5/8 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 536
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 247
Class: Antique
Description:

Only 1,000 Model 1884 experimental rifles were manufactured circa 1886 with hooded front sights and ramrod bayonets in the 320,000 serial number range. The ramrod bayonet concept was further developed and used on approximately 65,000 Model 1888 trapdoors as well as the early Springfield Model 1903 rifles. The idea was to create a system that did not require a soldier to carry another piece of equipment, but the concept had its critics including Theodore Roosevelt who told the Ordnance Department, "I must say that I think that ramrod bayonet is about as poor an invention as I ever saw." This rifle has the experimental Model 1884 front sight, a standard Buffington rear sight, the Model 1888 rod latch mechanism and ramrod bayonet, is numbered in the early Model 1879 range, and has an "SWP" cartouche dated "1891" on the left stock flat. It is fitted with a period leather sling.

Rating Definition:

Fine as assembled. 85% of the arsenal blue finish remains with patches of light oxidation and brown patina. The breechblock retains nearly all of the rich case colors. The stock is very fine with a few dents and light scratches. The markings are distinct throughout including the stock cartouche. Mechanically fine. The sling is very good with some minor rub wear and crackling.



Customer Product Questions

There are currently no customer product questions on this lot