Model 1884 Trapdoor Saddle Ring Cavalry Carbine .45-70, in overall good condition. 22″ barrel. Has typical stock dings for a 130+ year gun. This appears to be a correct original carbine rather than a cut-down rifle. Rear sight is correctly marked “C” for carbine. Serial # 39257X. Made in 1888. (PEHN-185) $2,100
U.S. Springfield Armory 1884 Trapdoor Rifle, chambered in .45-70. Serial # 52516X. Standard 32-5/8 inch round barrel. Good overall condition, with typical stock dings. Given its high serial number, it was likely produced in 1887 or 1888–just before introduction of the Model 1888. Has the desirable Buffington adjustable sight. The bore is far above average for a blackpowder-era rifle. The rifling is sharp and defined. The bore is not truly “shiny”– it is more “shiny-gray.” There are signs of just VERY slight pitting in the grooves –almost imperceptible. The trapdoor release lever has a slight wobble (typical), but the action is tight. The hammer click stops are all there — and crisp and solid. The trigger let-off is typical military weight, but crisp. I could only find one spot of finish pitting, and that is at the top-rear of the buttplate. There is only one significant stock ding, below the rear sight on the left side. Except for the top of the rear sight, which looks more shiny, the finish wear and patina all over this rifle is uniform, so this appears to be an unaltered rifle–although it may have gone back to the arsenal once early in its life. The cleaning rod shows little wear, so it mat have been replace or refinished. The cartouche box is visible, but faint. It seems to have been worn off in carry, rather than sanded off. All in all, this is a nice honest Trapdoor.
This is a nice, original unaltered rifle that would make a good representative sample for a collection, or a practical shooter. (PEHN-184) $1,475
Full length Springfield Model 1898 Krag rifle, in .30-40 Krag. Actually made in 1898. (Serial # 14640X.) Nice original metal finish. Nice wood – appears to be original finish. Top handguard is missing, but replica handguards are widely available. (See: this link.) Includes a new, well-made replica leather sling. Bright, shiny bore! A historical records check shows that it was issued to Company I of the 10th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry. That regiment was called up and saw service in Cuba, during the Spanish-American War. However, given its 1898 date of manufacture, this rifle was probably issued to the 10th after their return from Cuba. (NFAB-110) Price: $1,250
Original Springfield Armory Model 1896 Krag Cavalry Carbine, in .30-40 Krag. This is an original and correct Model 1896 Saddle Ring cavalry carbine! Nice bore! Passed a muzzle bullet test. Nice even and matching surfaces. 98%+ bluing. Wood finish is VG++ with sharp P cartouche and a faint 1897 cartouche. Correct cavalry saddle ring bar and saddle ring. Correct one-piece front sight. Some speckling-patina on buttplate, otherwise metal finish is VG++ to excellent, overall. Has a 7239X serial number. (Circa 1897). Includes an original 3-piece cleaning rod and oiler in the butt trap. (ELUB-106). Firm Price: $3,200
Springfield Armory Model 1896 Krag re-work carbine, in .30-40 Krag. This is probably an arsenal re-work or possibly a Bannerman re-work with a post-1900 style military 2-piece front sight. Good Bore, with solid rifling, but not shiny. Passed a muzzle bullet test. Nice even and matching surfaces. 90%+ bluing. Wood finish is VG++ with sharp cartouche. No saddle ring. Front band is pinned, as is typical of arsenal re-works. Some speckling-patina on buttplate, otherwise metal finish is VG+ to nearly excellent, overall. Has a 5073X serial number. (Circa 1897). Includes a period leather sling in fair to good condition. (EBLY-105). Price: $1,575