US Model 1882 Experimental Rifle

.45-70 caliber, 28" barrel, S/N 197427. Blued and color case hardened finish, walnut stock. Breechblock marked in three lines: U.S. / MODEL / 1873, barrel with usual V / P / {eagle head} inspections at left breech, script SWP / 1882 cartouche opposite lock and {circle}-P inspection behind triggerguard. Sliding triangular bayonet that terminates in threaded round cleaning rod, wrap-around sling swivels, M1879 pattern rear sight, correctly marked 28 / B on the left side wall. Friction ring remains in place in breechblock. Only 52 of these experimental "short rifles" were produced at Springfield ca 1882 in two variants; the first 26 accepting a standard socket bayonet and the second 26 with the sliding triangular bayonet. These are extremely scarce US military long arms from the period of the Indian Wars and this one appears to be completely correct and survives in very nice condition.


Fine. Retains some of the blue on the barrel and furniture with significant fading, thinning and some loss, as well as very nice case color on the breech block. All markings crisp and clear. There is a minor mar on the right side of the barrel between the breech block and rear sight. Mechanically functional, fine bore with some light pitting near the muzzle. Correct wrap around swivels, ramrod bayonet and rear sight. Stock near fine, showing some added finish and the usual scattered handling marks, bumps and dings. A tiny chip is missing from the obverse top edge, forward of the upper barrel band and there are some minor slivers missing from the ramrod channel. Overall a really wonderful example of an exceedingly scarce US M1882 Type II experimental rifle.

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
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