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Springfield 1888 Trapdoor 45/70 Rifle W/ Rod Bayonet

The last variant of America’s crazy affair with the trapdoor is the Model 1888 of which about 65,000 were made between 1889 and 1893 though for reasons only a government can understand, the breech blocks were marked Model 1884. It featured the hated rod bayonet which was a bad idea that in spite of being criticized by the outspoken and rather qualified Teddy Roosevelt, it died hard. (It was resurrected briefly for the 1903 rifle and had to be killed a second time.) And while its utility in combat may be questionable; it is very definitely cool. Another cool attribute is the Buffington rear sight. It also features a 32-3/4” barrel (ya don’t want to get too close to the guy), butt trap, sling and stacking swivels and walnut stock. It is serial number 563357 and is speckled dark brown and silver-gray patina with rust spotting and appears to have been cleaned to bright at some point in the distant past before the acquisition of its now aged spots. The bore is 99% mirror bright smooth and shiny with strong, sharp rifling and a handful of little tiny rust spots here and there (it grades Antique Excellent). The stock cartouche initials are visible but the date has yielded to the random blows of life. The action, as usual with these arms, works perfectly. If you have questions please email us at This will be listed for auction on Gun Broker the evening of December 3rd. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 12-01-18A--18-80-02