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    Springfield 1873 Trapdoor help please.

    I am going to sell these two Trapdoors locally and would like help identifying originality and any parts that are not original to the guns before I do. If my research is correct the full length was made in 1882 and short one in 1879.

    My reading tells me that the short one is not and actual carbine because it is shorter than it should be and the serial number is wrong for a carbine. Is it just something that someone put together or were there other shorter Trapdoors made beside the Carbines?

    Great site and thanks for any help...Jeff
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    Bannermann bitsa?

    Search for "Bannermann". The Bannermann company seems to have bought up all the spare parts stocks when the Trapdoor was taken out of service by the US Army. So if the parts all look original, but the mix of parts is not quite right, then the chances are it could be a Bannermann "bitsa".

    Get hold of "The 45-70 Springfield" by Frasca & Hill. If it's not in there, then it's a homebrew gun.


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    Thanks, I just recently discovered the Bannermann rifles. I am not sure if I have the correct mix of parts. Even though I plan on selling these I will check Amazon for The 45-70 Springfield, I always like to have reference material. Thanks again...Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inverted99 View Post
    Even though I plan on selling these I will check Amazon for The 45-70 Springfield, I always like to have reference material.

    Very wise. That way you are better prepared to evaluate a rifle before you buy it!

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    Very true. For me, half the fun is learning the history on firearms.

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    Shorty is sawn off - maybe used as a shotgun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Inverted99 View Post
    My reading tells me that the short one is not and actual carbine because it is shorter than it should be and the serial number is wrong for a carbine.

    You don't need to read anything to see that the shorter rifle is just a cut-down. Full-size rifle backsight and no foresight at all = totally useless for aiming and the recoil would be unpleasant. Look for a proper barrel or use it for parts/sell it for parts. Take a close look at the inside of the barrel - has it been used as a shotgun?


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    Looks like it very well could have been used as a shotgun, no rifling that I can see using a bore lite. Thanks for that suggestion...Jeff

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    I have a 64/66 Springfield picked up about 60 years ago that falls right into the Bannerman quagmire. I just started researching it and it's hard to tell a parts gun from a early conversion, regardless the primary reaction when it comes to U.S. Springfield Trapdoors, is their authenticity, and to get a 'realistic' interpretation of the Rifle one would have to consult a Springfield expert....
    It did seem that anything post 1870 was 'less likely' to be a Bannermann(specific guy/co in the 50's? that set up shop near the Armoury and bought old stock and put together brand new old guns).
    Is there a date on the lock plate, or a different date other than the model number on the trap mech?

    Here's mine, re-blued 1950's at Long Branch Arsenals.

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    The short one may be a line throwing gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullseye4mkI* View Post
    I have a 64/66 Springfield picked up about 60 years ago that falls right into the Bannerman quagmire. I just started researching it and it's hard to tell a parts gun from a early conversion, regardless the primary reaction when it comes to U.S. Springfield Trapdoors, is their authenticity, and to get a 'realistic' interpretation of the Rifle one would have to consult a Springfield expert....
    It did seem that anything post 1870 was 'less likely' to be a Bannermann(specific guy/co in the 50's? that set up shop near the Armoury and bought old stock and put together brand new old guns).
    Is there a date on the lock plate, or a different date other than the model number on the trap mech?

    Here's mine, re-blued 1950's at Long Branch Arsenals.

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    Been busy for a couple of days and didn't check my posts. Thanks for the additional information, there is no date on the lock plate, the only date is on top of the trap mechanism. I think I will buy the book so I can see if it has all original parts before I put it up for sale. Nice looking rifle, thanks...Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by musketshooter View Post
    The short one may be a line throwing gun.
    I could not think of what they were called but remembered hearing something about them. Any idea where I can find more information on those...off to Google. Thanks...Jeff

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