I seriously doubt from the references I've found that this is a cadet rifle. For more info see the include pics. Branum's collection represents a lifetime of collecting and has resulted in the most comprehensive and academic collection of trapdoors. I don't remember if there was any change in 1878, but even if there was, this is still a M. Harpers Ferry Armory also produced a Model 1795 musket, but these were distinctly different from those manufactured at Springfield. Does it have a two or three notch tumbler? No collection is too big nor too small and we offer simple percentage contracts with absolutely no hidden fees. It's in excellent condition and it has always been a dream of mine to shoot a trapdoor, especially the carbine due to my high interest in the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
As early as 1776, Continental Army colonel and future Secretary of War Henry Knox recommended the establishment of public laboratories, magazines, arsenals and foundries in secure locations for the production and repair of arms, ammunition, and other ordnance stores. There is no obvious re-tapering of the barrel to mount the bayonet, and the workmanship is factory standard. I'm not an expert but I think that you actually have an 1888 model. We use data about you for a number of purposes explained in the links below. Here is my 1865 Springfield Trapdoor. It has a strange rear sight on it, not sure if it might be 'after market'. The other P and A are inspector's stamps.
Similar to the carbines carried by General Custer's troopers, this carbine is a single shot arm. I am also getting together a package to send to the Springfield Research Service to see what they say. If the weapon is missing this part, you may have either an earlier model Springfield Trapdoor or you may have a reproduction. I did also send the info to Keith, so we'll see what he comes up with, too. Are there any other brands that are blackpowder and shoot relatively good from these guns? All but 21 were rejected almost immediately and only two of those were modifications of the current. This definitely isnt someone's hack job to shorten the rifle.
These arms enjoyed the longest production run in U. The Spanish-American War would not start for another 24 years. The only issue that could not be fixed was that of its relatively low rate of fire, a quality inherent to its loading method. I'd like to shoot this one but I don't want to risk damage. Anonymous I enjoy shooting my trapdoors, which continue to go up in value. An additional 500,000 were manufactured by Winchester Repeating Arms Co.
To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. Thank you for any information you can provide. Terry and requested roughly 100 different breech-loading rifles from various makers to put through trials. There were 9 marksman rifles manufactured with extra heavy barrels and extra long range sights. I have a full length 1865 in the collection adn will try to post pics in the next few days. Hunter -- Saturday, 11 December 2010, at 12:03 p.
It is a living history lesson to view all the chronological variations in this fantastic collection. From what I have gleaned from the website I mentioned to you, your lock plate may be a bit off, indicating a possible Bannerman parts gun. It appears from the photos that the rear sight on this one has been installed backwards: as it is, when the leaf is raised the range markings will be facing away from you when firing. Adjust center-to-center spacing until you get it just right. This specimen attests to Army logic of that period, which thought repeaters to be wasteful of ammunition.
The town's access to raw materials, sources of water power, and transportation, as well as its inland location which provided security against seaborne attack, made Springfield an ideal location. Springfield Armory was also involved in improving the state of the art in military rifle design, and toward this end, limited-production long arms including the Ward-Burton, Lee Vertical Action, Hotchkiss, and Chaffee-Reese rifles were manufactured there. Custerand the 7th Cavalry used these during the Battle of the Little Big Horn, and I can somewhat see some potential issues that I describe in the video. The trapdoor would have held its value, while cash, stock and bonds could have been repeatedly at risk during the 20th Century. An order was issued, in late 1879, for all arms below 50,000 to be turned in. It was a separate, yet related, study to determine which combination of caliber, powder charge, and bullet weight would provide the best performance. A number of private and commercial arms were received along with several submitted by Springfield armorers.
I've recently acquired this Model 1884 that I was told was manufactured in 1886. Absolutely wanted the long one and accidentally won the carbine. I have not cleaned the rifle yet. Previous gun's breech as seen from above Variations It's hard to see how any troops could complain about the Springfield trap door. Cavalry units from 1874 to 1896, but the rifle would be switched out in 1886 for the improved Springfield Model 1884.
Looks like it was one of the first ~10K rifles made in 1886 with ~40K being made that year. Kieth Rush is an expert on the Trapdoors and will do a free search. Check with a competant gunsmith that this gun is safe to fire. Production of arms at Springfield began in 1795, with 245 muskets manufactured during that year, and approximately 80,000 were turned out before production was discontinued in 1814. After all this use, the bore was just as nice and crisp as the day I bought it. The starred arms were made in small batches throughout the 1881 and 1882 production periods. It also contains every barrel length and every variation of the ramrod bayonet.
I have looked at about a million 1873 pictures and no numbers in that position. Remington Arms Year 1st Serial Last Serial Model 1942 3000001 3348085 M1903 1942 3348086 3607999 M1903A3 1942 3708000 4707999 M1903A3 1942 4992001 5784000 M1903A3 1943 3407088 3427087 M1903A4 1943 4992001 4997045 M1903A4 1943 Z4000000 Z4002920 M1903A4 Total: 1084079 Smith Corona Year 1st Serial Last Serial Model 1943 3608000 3707999 M1903A3 1944 4708000 4992000 M1903A3 Total: 234000. We are always seeking consignments for upcoming auction dates. It would kill buffalo by the thousands as America expanded westward and would also play a role in the wars against the Native Americans. Hunter on Friday, 10 December 2010, at 8:41 p. Please take all this with a grain of salt.