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    U.S. Springfield Model 1873 Trapdoor Carbine. Serial no. 43171, 45-70 caliber, 22-inch barrel. Blade type front sight and graduated rear sight. This particular gun does not have the compartment on the butt. Lockplate marked "[American Eagle]" and "U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / 1873". Breechblock marked "MODEL / 1873 / over [eaglehead] over [crossed arrows] over US". According to research, Model 1873s were the first of Springfield Trapdoors chambered for the 45-70 cartridge. Cartouche mark present near lower tang. According to Flayderman's Guide, these guns were made c.1873 to 1877, with total quantities in the 73,000 range [this number includes rifles, carbines and cadet rifles]. See 9A-364. Note: Pre-1876 made carbines, under serial number 43,700, are considered typical of the model armed with Custer's 7th Cavalry.

    Condition: Fair to good. Metal, mostly a gray patina with patches of pitting and surface rust. More moderate pitting near muzzle. Residues of a faint lacquer application maybe to protect finish. Stock with numerous dents, bruising and scuffs throughout. Unfortunately when we took the buttplate off, a compartment was found, typical of a cleaning rod reservoir, making us believe this gun might have been restocked. Marred screws. Action good, dark bore.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.


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    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
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