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Re: Early 50-70 Trapdoors

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 4 July 2017, at 4:01 p.m., in response to Early 50-70 Trapdoors, posted by Charly on Tuesday, 4 July 2017, at 3:20 p.m.

The trapdoor most associated with the Old West, would probably be the 1866, of which about 52000 rifles were made - no carbines. It was used at the Wagon Box and Hayfield fights on the Bozeman trail. Next would be the M1868, in about the same quantity. Last would be the 1870s, of which around 12,000 rifles and 340 carbines were made. The carbines were on trial and never general issue. Real ones are expensive.

An 1868, made in 1869 or 1870 (by far the most common) is probably the best bet for the man on a budget who wants a representative example. Decent pieces are out there in the sub-$1,000 range if you look around. Serial numbers MUST match, and look for a stock which has reasonably crisp flats at the lock. Finiah was bright, so the "loss of bluing" is not an issue. Bores are usually good, if you want to shoot it, though the sights are quite primitive.


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