Serial Number: 543576. The “6” is difficult to read because of wear from the door.
Year of Manufacture: 1888-1893
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Action Type: Single Shot Trapdoor
Markings: The trapdoor is marked “U.S. / Model / 1884”. The serial number found on the receiver top is “543576”. The lock is marked “Springfield” with an eagle. The buttplate tang is marked “U.S.”. The lock shows pitting and dark patina. The stock is marked “F 38” on the top at the heel. There is a cartouche on the left wrist above the trigger.
Barrel Length: 32 5/8”
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a fixed post front sight and the “Buffington” rear sight which is correctly marked with an “R”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are smooth military wood. There are many nicks dings and small gouges. There is a small chip missing from the back of the lock leading to a 1” crack. The LOP measures approx. 13 1/8”. The stock is marked “F 38” on the top at the heel. There is a cartouche on the left wrist above the trigger. The stocks rate in about Fair plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is scattered minor pitting and erosion. This is a good shootable bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 10% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows brown patina on the barrel and heavy patina at the rear of the barrel and the receiver. There is scattered surface erosion on the barrel, which increases closer to the breech. The barrel bands, buttplate and trigger guard are discolored and somewhat gray/brown. The Screw heads show use and some disfiguration but all are servicable. The markings are a little difficult to read because of age wear and developing patina. This rifle is practially untouched, and while not exactly sharp is definitely honest. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good condition. The rod bayonet is in remarkably Good condition with some original blue and smooth metal.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle..
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: A rod bayonet is provided.
Our Assessment: This rifle is in good operating condition with a decent bore and is over 100 years old. It is correctly configured with the Buffington sight and rod bayonet and is in the correct serial number range. The Trapdoor was the last black powder rifle of the US military to see action mostly in the hands of National Guard troops in both Cuba and the Phillipines during and after the Spanish American War. Please see page 586, and 587 of “Flaydermans” 9th edition for more details. Here is a complete correct collector find. An original Model 1888.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle is classified as an Antique and can be sold to anyone 18 years of age with valid ID.
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