U.S. Model 1873 Trapdoor Carbine

.45-70, 22" round barrel, S/N 16175. Blued and color casehardened finish, smooth walnut short comb stock. High-arch breech block marked MODEL / 1873 / {eagle head} / {crossed arrows} / 1873. Lock marked with {eagle} and US / SPRINGFIELD / 1873. Barrel with V / P / {eagle head} inspection and marked "C" near the receiver. Weak ESA cartouche on counterpane, {circle}-P behind triggerguard. 1873 pattern rear sight graduated to 500 yards on the side wall and 1200 yards on the leaf. Two-click tumbler, smooth trigger, sling bar and ring. Stacking swivel on barrel band.

Carbine is identified by serial number as being in the possession of Troop F of the 2nd US Cavalry on October 12, 1878, when it was listed as "unserviceable" due to a broken stock, with the recommendation that the gun be returned to Springfield Arsenal for repair. Copies of the Springfield Research Service letter regarding the gun and associated documentation is included. A decent example of an early 1873 carbine that saw combat use with the 2nd Cavalry during the peak of the Sioux Indian Wars, with a period of use, replaced, later production barrel.


Good. Metal with a plum brown patina, showing some lightly scattered pitting. Markings in metal clear, weaker in wood. Mechanically functional, fair, evenly pitted bore. Stock with numerous scattered bumps, dings and mars.

Estimate: $2,000 - $5,000
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