SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR MODEL 1884 45-70 RIFLE - 1893
Stock is marked with cartouche dated 1893. The last year that Springfields were made.
Serial Number: 330988
Buffington Rear Sight
This Springfield Model 1884 Trapdoor is in excellent condition. Wood to metal fit is perfect. Wood is in very good condition. Cartouches are strong on the stock. 1893 is the date of the cartouche. Action is smooth and tight. It works perfectly. Nice original blue remains as well as the original case color. Bore is shiny with very good lands and grooves. It will rate an EIGHT on a scale of ONE to TEN. Markings on the metal are correct, original, and easy to see.
This Rifle is much better than most any Springfield you will ever see.
The Springfield Model 1884 was one of several models of "Trapdoor Springfield" rifles produced in the late 19th century. It was the final design in a long line of Springfield Trapdoor rifles, built since the 1860s, and the last single-shot rifle to see American military service.
Springfields were manufactured until 1893. The Model 1884, despite its aged technology, was built in large numbers and was also the most advanced and efficient of all the Springfield Trapdoor rifles, and is still popular for this reason among military enthusiasts today.
The model 1884 traces its roots back to the design of the Springfield 1873. Most of the changes that identify the model 1884 as a distinct model occurred either before or after 1884. The model 1884 incorporated a significant number of improvements that had been made between 1878 and 1879. It also featured a serrated trigger that had been incorporated into the Springfield rifle design in 1883.
The most dramatic change to the rifle design, which is often considered to be the identifying feature of the model 1884, was a new rear sight which had been designed by Lieutenant Colonel Adelbert R. Buffington of the U.S. Army Ordnance Department. This sight however was not perfected until 1885.
The principal feature of this new sight was a rack and pinion style windage adjustment. Unlike previous sights, the base was not used for any position other than point blank. The raised leaf had graduations from 200 to 1400 yards. A new barrel band was also designed to accommodate this new sight so that it could lie flat in the point blank position
*I purchased the rifle at an estate sell in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2014. My intent was to shoot it, but this rifle is just too nice. It deserves to be in a collection.
Priced very fairly at $1,850.00
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