US Springfield Model 1888 Trapdoor Rifle with ramrod bayonet in .45-70 Gov’t caliber. Serial #559508 manufactured in 1893, the last year of production of these historically significant firearms. 32 5/8” barrel has an excellent bore. The barrel retains about 75-80% original blue finish and shows an emerging patina most notably toward the muzzle along with very light speckling observed on closer look. Appropriate barrel proofs are legible and strong. The receiver shows smoky case-hardened colors and the 1884 stamped breech block exhibits generous amounts of vivid colors as does the upper tang. The American black walnut stock rates about excellent with minor handling marks, retaining about 90% original finish, bearing appropriate proof stampings, a 1893 dated cartouche and “P” inspection stamp; are all mostly armory fresh. This rifle features the shield checkered hammer, one-piece trigger guard, rod bayonet, Buffington rear sight and the U.S. stamped sliding door in butt plate and is equipped with front and rear sling swivels. HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE 1893: Hawaii's monarchy was overthrown by a group of businessmen and sugar planters under Sanford Ballard Dole, who forced Queen Lili’uokalani to abdicate and formed the Republic of Hawaii. More than 100,000 settlers ("Sooners") claimed land in the Cherokee Strip during the first day of the Oklahoma land rush. The governor of Texas said the "mission of the concealed deadly weapon is murder. To check it is the duty of every self-respecting, law-abiding man." ANTIQUE – NO FFL TRANSFER REQUIRED.
US Springfield Model 1888 Trapdoor Rifle with ramrod bayonet in .45-70 Gov’t caliber. Serial #559508 manufactured in 1893, the last year of production of the
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