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Trapdoor Springfield 1863 Line Throwing Gun With Original Case & Accessories. Very rare gun used by the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard , Merchant Marines and other organizations to throw rescue lines over the bow of disabled ships. It shoots a brass bolt attached to the rope via .45 caliber blanks.
This gun has an 1863 dated Civil War Springfield lock plate, 1873 dated low arch breech, serial number 4807xx on the receiver. Buffington rifle sight, 12 inch barrel which is OK and legal because it is a pre-1899 antique. These Springfield Line Guns were used in the Spanish American War and World War One eras and so saw some serious action. They were later decommissioned and replaced after the wars with inexpensive single barrel shotguns converted to line guns .
The fitted wood case measures 33 inches long. Included are one brass bolt, three rope cans, two are full, empty box of ammo.
Because of their rarity it's a bit difficult to find comparable sales of these Trapdoor Springfield Line Guns but I was able to verify one sale for $2150.00 a few months ago. This one starts at only $950.00 with no reserve. Excellent investment opportunity and a rare piece of Naval history.
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