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M1884 "flatlatch" RRB
Posted by Tom on Wednesday, 19 August 2009, at 2:31 p.m.
I hoped that you might be able to help me identify a Springfield M1884 Trapdoor Rifle that has been in my family since my Grandfather aquired it from a farmer in Michigan in the 1920's. It has what I think fits the desciption of a round rod bayonet secured by a "flatlatch". The rifle has a 32-5/8 inch barrel, "US Model 1884" is stamped on the trapdoor. Behind the trapdoor is the serial number "556932". Other markings in the metal of the gun include "US Springfield (Eagle)" an "M" by the trigger, close to the muzzle is a "U" a "V P (Eagle Head) P" is on the lower barrel. The only wood marking is a SWP 1882?,1887?,1889?(difficult to read)cartouche. It has a Buffinton rear site a standard single front sight and butt plate that opens (for cartridge storage?). Outside of a little bird hunting I'm a novice with guns. I'll apologize up front for my crude descriptions!
I'd like to display the rifle in my house and I wanted to place an approximate value on the gun for insurance purposes. As I looked through various websites I found photos and desciptions essentially identical to my rifle. However, it seemed the values for these Trapdoors ranged from $1000 to $10,000+ in price. I know it's a long shot that I have one but I'd like to know how to distinguish a $1000 Trapdoor from the rare $10,000+ RRB. It could be that I don't understand the distinction beween a round and trianular bayonet. Any reccomendations or thoughts. Your assiatance is very much appreciated.
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