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#1445 Springfield 1884 “EXPERIMENTAL Ram-rod Bayonet Trapdoor” rifle, SN 320XXX (1884),

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#1445 Springfield 1884 “EXPERIMENTAL Ram-rod Bayonet Trapdoor” rifle, SN 320XXX (1884), caliber 45/70/500 with VG+ bore that should clean to about an 8 on a scale of 10, and a VG action, but is missing the hammer screw (I may have another, but will have to look into this, if interested). This is NOT just the standard military configuration 1884 rifle with 32-1/2” barrel and standard separate cleaning rod, this is the ultra-rare predecessor to the Model 1888 Ram-rod bayonet model. It has all the correct parts for this variation, the correct flat latch system, unmarked rear sight, fixed hooded front sight, 1873 breech date, single shoulder rod bayonet, etc, etc. The metal is mostly smooth metal with decent markings, but it does have some medium to heavy pitting on the left side of the breech and barrel junction and only the minimal amount of scattered light pitting elsewhere. The wood is very good except for that same general area as the metal pitting, that being the left side between the wrist and the rear barrel band. That area has some bad wood erosion (see photos). Other than this, just the usual bumps and bruises from 120+ years of use and storage. These rugged and very reliable Trapdoor Springfields were the mainstay military long-arm from the end of the Civil War up to the mid-1890s when they were phased out by the Springfield-Krag bolt action repeater. Even then they were used in both the Spanish-American War and also as secondary and training weapons as late as World War 1 …and to this day, they are still great shooting and very accurate rifles with a very hard-hitting black-powder round. They very rarely have mechanical problems, and on the rare chance that they do break some small part in the action, most parts are very easily obtained from several parts dealers. Consequently, they make a fine rifle for beginning shooters in Big-Bore black powder competitions. In THIS case, however, this rifle is SO very, VERY rare that few trapdoor collections will ever be fortunate enough have one of these in ANY condition represented. This is a “attic pure” rifle and a great addition to a Trapdoor Collection. About G/VG as described. $5450 SALE! $3850






























Price: $3,850.00


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