Model 1882

Model 1882 Short Rifle

Fall 2013

Model 1882
Short Rifle

NRA Very Good = $18,000
NRA Excellent = $35,000

Model 1882 Short Rifle

The Model 1882 was the Army's first attempt to make a trapdoor arm for all three divisions: artillery, infantry and cavalry. The cavalry had complained that the M77 carbine was not powerful enough for long range shooting and requested a stronger arm. In the mean time, cavalry units were issued .45-70-500 rifle cartridges rather than the .45-55-405 cartridges to increase range and accuracy of fire.

The Model 1882 was designed to satisfy all the requests for a new and more powerful arm. Only 52 were produced with 26 having a regular ramrod and the other 26 having a triangular ramrod bayonet, similar to that on the Model 1880 triangular rod bayonet rifle. Evidently the field trials with the guns were not very impressive and they were not pursued as a replacement arm. The arms have contoured sling swivels and the rear sight is marked "28B." This arm has the only attempt Springfield made at having a friction fit breech block so it would remain wherever the trooper placed it. Surprisingly, the idea was not well received by troops in the field.

For additional photographs, descriptions and specifications see:
The .45-70 Springfield-Book I or The .45-70 Springfield-Book II-1865-1893.

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