U.S. Model 1881 Trapdoor Long Range Target Rifle

.45-80-500 caliber, 32.625" barrel with six-groove rifling, S/N 162449. Blued and color case hardened finish, smooth walnut stock with applied pistol grip, shotgun-style butt. 1873 breech block markings, standard V / P / {eagle head} / P breech inspections, as well as small block letter HGR on top of breech. Clear SWP / 1881 cartouche on counterpane and crisp {circle}-P inspection behind pistol grip. Bull's Model M1879 buckhorn rear sight with windage adjustment, standard front sight/bayonet lug. The initials LK are carved into the obverse stock forward of the lock. Two barrel bands, sling swivels, stacking swivel, swelled cleaning rod with retention groove and slotted button head. Only 151 of these long-range rifles were produced at Springfield ca 1881, making this one of the rarer trapdoor rifle variations.


Very good. Retains traces of finish with most of the metal having an oxidized plum brown patina with scattered light pinpricking and some minor surface roughness. Butt plate crusty and pitted. All marks remain clear, mechanically functional, good bore with scattered light pitting, primarily at the muzzle. Stock with scattered handling marks and some minor slivering in the ramrod channel, showing some additional wear near the buttplate.

Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000
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