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1873 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle First Mode
Posted by Bob T. on Friday, 1 July 2011, at 7:50 a.m.
I am interested in selling my 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle, very early pre-Custer, serial number 702X indicating it was manufactured in the first quarter of 1874. As far as I know, this rifle is totally correct with all of the very early features. Breach end of barrel lacks VP proof mark, which is correct for the earliest rifles. Hi-arch breech block marked Model 1873,eagle head with crossed arrows,and U.S. vertically. Lockplate marked US Springfield 1873 .Correct early rifle sight, cleaning rod of the very earliest type with flat face on the end. Bore is clean and bright, very shootable. Wood is very good, just the usual handling marks. There are two visible cartouches present, one located on the side of the stock and the other underneath the stock behind the trigger guard. Can send pictures to interested buyers only.
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