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    1884 Springfield 45/70

    MAGNIFICENT U.S. SPRINGFIELD 1884 TRAPDOOR .45-70 GOVERNMENT RIFLE MFG 1889 - Single Shot Rifles at GunBroker.com : 892538276
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    A Collector's View - The SMLE Short Magazine Lee Enfield 1903-1989. It is 300 8.5x11 inch pages with 1,000+ photo’s, most in color, and each book is serial-numbered.  Covering the SMLE from 1903 to the end of production in India in 1989 it looks at how each model differs and manufacturer differences from a collecting point of view along with the major accessories that could be attached to the rifle. For the record this is not a moneymaker, I hope just to break even, eventually, at $80/book plus shipping.  In the USA shipping is $5.00 for media mail.  I will accept PayPal, Zelle, MO and good old checks (and cash if you want to stop by for a tour!).  CLICK BANNER to send me a PM for International pricing and shipping. Manufacturer of various vintage rifle scopes for the 1903 such as our M73G4 (reproduction of the Weaver 330C) and Malcolm 8X Gen II (Unertl reproduction). Several of our scopes are used in the CMP Vintage Sniper competition on top of 1903 rifles. Brian Dick ... BDL Ltd. - Specializing in British and Commonwealth weapons Chuck in Denver ... Buy-Sell-Trade .. Guns, Cars Motorcycles Your source for the finest in High Power Competition Gear. Here at T-bones Shipwrighting we specialise in vintage service rifle: re-barrelling, bedding, repairs, modifications and accurizing. We also provide importation services for firearms, parts and weapons, for both private or commercial businesses.
     

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    What a nice rifle that is, hard to believe they still exist as new with the case hardening still intact. Looks like a bayonet was never on it. Perfect... Is that what's known as a "Buffington" sight?
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    I ran across a model 1917 once where the eagle head stamp in the stock still had splinters from when it was marked.

    It’s amazing how these things survived. Think of all the people over the last 100 plus years that CARED. Even when these weren’t really worth much. The true heroes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Is that what's known as a "Buffington" sight?
    Yes, it's a Buffington sight. And I'm glad that my Trapdoor doesn't look like that - if it did, I wouldn't dare to shoot it!

    Quite seriously, that is a rifle that I would only handle with gloves on. I would like to know how it was stored for the past 140-odd years, as those must have been ideal conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Chadwick View Post
    Yes, it's a Buffington sight. And I'm glad that my Trapdoor doesn't look like that - if it did, I wouldn't dare to shoot it!

    Quite seriously, that is a rifle that I would only handle with gloves on. I would like to know how it was stored for the past 140-odd years, as those must have been ideal conditions.
    The story behind those mint M1884 rifles which actually exist in some quantity and turn up from time to time is that when the rod-bayonet model was adopted in 1888, they took the advance production which they had on hand and set it away. Nearly all such guns have SWP/1889 cartouches and occur in the mid 400,000 range.

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    What a nice rifle.

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