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Firsy Model 1873 Trapdoor Rifle

Posted by Bob T. on Saturday, 26 February 2011, at 6:25 a.m.

I recently purchased what I believe is a first model 1873 Trapdoor. It has all the correct markings. Lockplate is stamped ahead of hammer, eagle and US/ Springfield 1873. Breechblock markings MODEL 1873 over eaglehead,over crossed arrows marked US MODEL/1873. Serial number is four digits,7020, produced in 1874. It came with what looks like the orginal bayonet and scabbard. Over all condition of the rifle is very good to fine. Bore is very good shows plenty of rifling. My question is can anyone research its history by serial number and give me an idea on what it is worth? Thanks for your help.


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