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1884 Springfield - information please

Posted by Bob Culver on Thursday, 2 December 2010, at 4:12 p.m.


A aged acquaintance of mine has asked me to assist him in disposing of his firearm collection, to find "good homes" for them. I am in the process of cleaning the dust and grime off of rifles stored for several decades. They generally are in good conditions and comprised mostly of Pre-WWII military guns.

The Springfield has a breech bolt marked US 1884. I assume it is a .45-70 Trapdoor. The serial number is 386xx, that is correct, it is in the 38 thousand range. This looks to be quite low compared to comments seen elsewhere on this web site.

Other features of note are; The stamped lettering on the side plate is crisp and lightly stamped. There appear to be NO cartouches on the stock EXCEPT for a rather large "85" stamped on the side of the stock. The bore is in good shape with sharp (though shallow) rifling and detectable but shallow occasional pitting. It cleaned up quite well and has a nice patina on the wood and blued metal. The mechanicals appear to be excellent with what I would describe as a heavy but excellent trigger. It has not been fully stripped down because I just want to clean, inspect and grade it for display to others at my gun club for sale for this friend.

I can supply more information and answer questions and supply photos if needed.

Please respond directly to this e-mail.

Thanks for your input to this Trapdoor novice (I am more into .50BMG)

Bob Culver


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