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Model 1884 trapdoor Springfield-anything special?
Posted by Joe Grage on Saturday, 7 May 2011, at 11:44 p.m.
I have recently been given the daunting task of liquidating most of my late uncle's gun collection and have come across one of these rifles. I have about 30 rifles to sell off for my aunt, so my time to research them is limited. I came across your website and I've browsed quite a bit of it. Even so, I just want to throw what I have out there to see what you think and to see if there might be anything interesting about this rifle. Here's what I have. Model 1884 Trapdoor Springfield, serial #52689x. Cartouche of the left side with year 1891. Right side of wood on right side of butt stamped "43rd Sept.Co." Each band has the letter "U" stamped on it on the right side of the rifle. It is a ramrod bayonet rifle (which I found out thanks to your site) By the way, the ramrod bayonet still comes out real clean and the whole concept seems real neat-even though I understand it fell flat on its face. There is no year stamped on the metal behind the hammer, but "US Springfield is still visible in front of it. Stock appears to be in great shape with no obvious repairs and only a few small dents. The left side of the barrel between the sights and the trapdoor has the letter V over the letter P stamped on it with a flame looking insignia below that. The letter P is underneath the insignia. The top of the barrel has what appears to be a triangle stamped on it. There are two sling loops on the front of the rifle and one right in front of the trigger guard. One of the front sling loops is open and not closed. The gun has no rust at all and there appears to be original bluing on it. Breech has shiny metal free of rust and looks like it had been oiled at least a few times by my uncle. Bore looks dusty, but I can see no pitting. Buffington sight is present and in good working order. I appreciate any comments, or suggestions. Thanks for having this website that covers a really neat rifle that seems to have been forgotten about by many.
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