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Re: Springfield Rifle

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 3 January 2014, at 3:00 p.m., in response to Springfield Rifle, posted by Alex Haines on Friday, 3 January 2014, at 1:06 p.m.

Mr. Haines,

You have the "Model 1871 Army Rifle", 10,000 of which were made at Springfield Armory, under license from Remington (whose rolling block action was used) in 1872. It is in .50-70 caliber. Contrary to the name, the arm was never adopted by the Federal service - any use would have been by state troops.

That model was the only one of the several different Remington rolling blocks made at SA to use the "locking" action, wherein the hammer drops against the breechblock when the latter is opened to load. This same action was also used on the New York State contract rifles and carbines which were fabricated entirely by Remington.

I could be wrong, but I suspect the belt MAY not belong to the rifle, as I believe the Mills equipment post-dated the .50-70 period.

Condition is everything on this model, and some very nice ones, with brilliant case-colors, etc. have survived. Range of value would probably run from $750 for a rough one to $2000 or so for a minty one. Bayonet, scabbard, and belt (even if technically incorrect with THAT rifle it still has definite value) should add another $500 or so, at least.


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