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RARE MODEL 1875 SPRINGFIELD 3RD TYPE OFFICER’S MODEL TRAPDOOR SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. Cal. 45-70. Beautiful 3rd Type officer’s model with 26" rnd bbl, blued Beach’s combination front sight, Model 1879 ladder rear sight, graduated to 1200 yd, marked with an “R” on the left side and on the ladder. Breech block has usual 1873 markings and lockplate has a small eagle and “US Springfield”. It has single-set trigger. Rifle is mounted in very nicely figured American walnut half stock with coarse checkered forearm and straight grip with added checkered walnut grip adapter and an 1873 style buttplate without trap. Forend tip is silver plated pewter in branched foliate style. Top of wrist is mounted with a graduated friction tang sight with 3-1/2" staff. Left side of wrist has a legible “SWP/1885” cartouche and bottom of stock, below checkering has “P” stock inspector’s cartouche. Lockplate, hammer, breechblock, top front of receiver, bbl band, forend cap, trigger bow and buttplate tang are very nicely engraved in flowing foliate arabesque patterns. Breech plug tang is engraved with flower blossoms. It has its orig brass tipped hickory cleaning rod. Brass on cleaning rod was never nickel plated. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only about 100 of these last style Officers’ model rifles produced. CONDITION: Very good, Bbl retains 60%+ orig blue with balance thinning and turning patina and bbl band is brown patina. Receiver is somewhat silver with traces of blue in protected areas. Buttplate is a even mottled brown patina. Lockplate, hammer, breechblock, thumb lever and trigger guard have turned a mottled brown patina and is very honest and not cleaned. Forend cap retains most all of its orig silver with minor flaking. Stock is sound and worn with numerous minor nicks and scratches and retains much all of its hand-rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, shiny bore with strong rifling. Barrel Length: 26" Caliber/Bore: .45-70 FFL Status: Antique Manufacturer: Springfield Model: 1875 Trapdoor Officers Model Paperwork: No Serial Number: NSN

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(A) Springfield 1875 Trapdoor Officers Model Single

Estimate $15,000 - $18,500Oct 30, 2018
2000 N Reading Road
Denver, PA 17517
United States
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