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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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    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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