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Springfield U.S. Model 1886 Experimental Carbine

.45-70 caliber, 24" round barrel, S/N 431000. Blued and color case hardened finish, walnut stock. Standard trapdoor lock markings, 1884 breech block marking. V / P / {eagle head} inspections and P proof at breech. Script SWP / 1888 cartouche opposite lock and {circle}-P proof behind triggerguard. Correct "XC" marked Buffington rear sight, hooded front sight, correct wrap-around sling swivel on upper band with sling swivel in toe. Sling bar and ring. 3-click tumbler, grooved trigger. Correct 3-piece cleaning rod in butt trap along with headless case extractor. A very scarce experimental Trapdoor carbine, of which only 1,000 were produced, nearly all of which were issued to units serving in the west where they saw heavy use. As such, finding a solid example in good condition is very difficult.

Condition:

Very good. Retains minor traces of finish, with a mostly mottled gray-brown patina along with some scattered surface oxidation. Breech block a mottle brown. All marks crisp and clear. Mechanically functional, very good bore with scattered light pitting. Stock with scattered handling marks, bumps and dings.

Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$2,703
09/12/2018

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