1873 Springfield Trapdoor

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1873 Springfield Trapdoor

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I recently purchased an 1873 Trapdoor and the things that I've read on it don't seem to not be correct. There is no cartouche on it so I assume it was factory refurbished at some point. The rifle has a 31 below the trigger guard which not sure if this is a unit mark or something along those lines. It still has the US marked butt plate and U marked sling mounts. The breech is just marked 1873 and not US model 1873. The serial number is 285770. Any information on this rifle would be greatly appreciated if I need to post another picture I will!
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Re: 1873 Springfield Trapdoor


I looked up your serial number and my google sources says it was made in 1885. I have a ramrod bayonet version made in 1891 myself. Do check TRAPDOORCOLLECTOR.COM for more information. The site does have some insight for looking for fakes with pictures showing the proper heat treat.

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This has really nothing to do with the immediate topic but, recalls to mind one day, lo- many moons ago now- going to a black powder and mountain man supply store. Just by the door was an old fashioned (not so much so back then) wood barrel with several trap block rifles shoved in it. (Rifles specifically. There was a stronger market for the carbines.)
The label- "All in shooting condition. U-pick- $60."
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A town I used to live outside of had a bank that went out of business, two brothers bought the building and make a gun shop out of it, this was back in the '70's. I can remember going in there and they had several wooden barrels full of Arisaka's (about $10 or $15 each, including slings and mums, some with bayonets), Lee Enfields (No 1 mk3 and no4 mk1's with slings, your choice, $30), K98's (slings, bayonets and $20 each), a few M1 carbines ($50) and Garands ($100). Prices are the closest this 62 year old abused memory can remember.
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Re: nothernug's post. The only Trapdoor I own is a family heirloom passed down to me by my father. He bought it sometime in 1952 and said he saw it in a rack at a hardware store with about a dozen others. Price, $15.00 ea.
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I had a ramrod bayonet Trapdoor. It was actually a pretty good shooter, though much heavier and muzzle-heavy than the others. It went off to Rock Island Auction a year ago after someone tried to call down a "red flag" confiscation on me. Of note the action was much stronger than folks realize. The breechblock was supported by the rear of the receiver (this change was made later in production). One was barreled in a smokeless cartridge (.30-06 I think) and held without problem through considerable rounds fired.
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Post by Tidewater_Kid »

There was a experimental model that was chambered in 30-40 Krag. My Rod bayonet model and 1896 Krag were made only 6 years apart.
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