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1873 Springfield Trapdoor
Posted by Paul Cook on Friday, 22 January 2016, at 3:44 p.m.
I have model 1873 .45-70 Springfield trapdoor rifle, serial number 85835 with a square looking stamp on the right side on the bottom of the stock towards the butt plate a letter F followed with the numbers 2 8. The barrel is stamped with PVP with and upside down stamp that looks like a horse shoe, on the barrel band where the adjustable sight is the letter U is stamped. I took the bands off the gun to see if the blueing was there and it is but the rest of the guns blueing is worn off the barrel inside the barrel looks great with no pitting. I have the bayonet with the scaboard with the brass belt loop that says U.S. and blueing is perfect on the bayonet. The gun shoots cowboy rounds 405gr..45-70 had it looked at and shot it 5 times and hit the target at 50 yds. My question is what year is this gun and the value? I've had it for about 10 years and I need this info for insurance purposes. Thanks, Paul D. Cook Retired Navy Chief (HTC SW/DV)
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