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Springfield Trapdoor Rifle

Posted by Tom Van Dyke on Friday, 27 August 2010, at 8:49 p.m.

Hello. I recently purchased my first Springfield Trapdoor rifle and I'm trying to obtain some more information about it.

The serial number is 1700xx, and it has a SWP/1881 cartouched stock with a feww bumps and bruises, but no major issues. There is a circled P cartouche behind the trigger guard. I know that the sling is not original. The bolt is stamped U.S. Model 1873. The barrel is stamped with a V, P, some type of symbol, and another P below that. There is no pitting in the barrel. The M79 sights are held on with slotless screws. The barrel bands are stamped with a "U". The butt plate is stamped US.

I think the rifle was made in 1881. I've heard people refer to these as a "model 1879" version of the 1873 Springfield Trapdoor. Is that because of the changes that were made to the 1873 in 1879 (sights, etc.)?

I don't reload (yet), so after I have the rifle checked out by a gunsmith, I plan on shooting it using factory cowboy action loads with 405 gr lead bullets. I'm assuming that I should avoid jacketed bullets.

Any other information, including a rough estimate of it's value (I know that's difficult from pictures) would be great.


Tom Van Dyke


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