The stock has been poorly cut. This is a real peach and well worth placing in any U. Bannermans used to sell them, often offering them to military schools as late as the 1920's. Was this rifle originally issued as a. Nonetheless, this is the best honest Trapdoor we have seen in a long time.Next
The date on the trapdoor is 1870. The principle feature of this new sight was a rack and pinion style windage adjustment. Iron surface is mottled and shows salt and pepper rust pitting. The Model 1884 incorporated a significant number of improvements that had been made between 1878 and 1879. The raised leaf had graduations from 200 to 1400 yards. The Model 1873 is the most popular with collectors. I'll submit my info in a few moments here.Next
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. Thousands of surplus parts from early 1873s were once sold as scrap. A shorter carbine version was also produced in 1871. I know nothing else about the rifle other than my grandfather shot it only once years and years ago. Desi, Thanks to your contribution, I have a better understanding of the rifle now. I can't wait to take it out to the range. Code, Section 921 a 16 defines antique firearms as all guns made prior to 1899.Next
An interesting note is that there are a dozen or so v shaped notches carved on the left side of the stock. If it is different than this, you are looking at an earlier version of the Springfield Trapdoor. I never really thought much about it until recently when I decided to contact the owner of who specializes in these types of rifles. State militias were generally the last military users of these. He actually will often call you when you make a request. There is an interesting image carved into the stock.Next
It also featured a serrated trigger that had been incorporated into the Springfield rifle design in 1883. There is a tiny chip on the right side, forward of the sideplate. Approximately 350 of these were manufactured. The Springfield Trapdoor rifles and carbines were a series of breech loading rifle and carbine weapons built from 1865 to about 1888, beginning with the Model 1865 and then with other models being introduced every few years. The model 1884 incorporated a significant number of improvements that had been made between 1878 and 1879. A new barrel band was also designed to accommodate this new sight so that it could lie flat in the point blank position.Next
The other P and A are inspector's stamps. All firearms are described as accurately as possible, given the restraints of a catalog listing length. Then examine the weapon's rifling to check that it is made up of three concentric plain grooves with the width equal to the lands or flat spaces between the grooves in the weapon's barrel. One, the modern loads available over the counter do not match the ballistics of the cartridge s for which the sights were designed. Oddly, most of the changes that identify the Model 1884 as a distinct model occurred either before or after 1884. Sold as individual parts you may get 400 on a good day.Next
This is one of the most often asked questions! The rear sight does have 2 thumbscrews on the right side. I have owned a good many and when I have sold one or another of them online, I suggest to the buyer it will mail more safely broken down. Many of the two band guns on the market were originally three band, shortened when they were dumped on the surplus market after adoption of the 73 model. There is mild and scattered erosion towards the muzzle. Looks like the manufacture date of 1886 is correct for my rifle, again assuming I'm reading the table correctly.
This provides a tantalizing glimpse into earlier times, allowing us to make some assumptions, but only that. Unlike previous sights, the base was not used for any position other than point blank. It is a model 1884 as you surmised. I did also send the info to Keith, so we'll see what he comes up with, too. Hope this helps you out at least a little. It has no obvious center fire primer, leading a few researchers at the Custer battlefield site to report finding rimfire cases.
As diligently as they searched, we have but a very small fraction of the actual production totals, in most cases well below 10%. It has a strange rear sight on it, not sure if it might be 'after market'. The second picture shows how the Martin primed case was made. The principal feature of this new sight was a rack and pinion style windage adjustment. If you have any doubts, seek the advice of a qualified gunsmith.Next
Anybody have any idea what the marks signify? There is not one underneath the barrel. May be on the bottom to be seen after removing the stock. Most of the changes that identify the model 1884 as a distinct model occurred either before or after 1884. Legal Notice - International Military Antiques, Inc observes all Federal, State and local laws. We work hard to bring the best Firearms Forum has to offer! Everything for sale on ima-usa. One to lock the slider in place and the other to adjust for windage. I started out to disassemble the rifle using the trapdoor disassembly guide on trapdoorcollector.Next