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Smith's Patent Breech Loading Civil War Carbine manufactured by the American Machine Works of Springfield, Massachusetts. This example has a reproduction dovetail brass blade front sight and original folding leaf rear sight correctly absent of yard markings. The barrel retains most of the original blue with some minor thinning at the muzzle. The trigger guard, lower tang and barrel latch retain a good deal of bluing as shown. The bore is bright and shiny and looks as though it has not been fired. The wood is in excellent condition with just a few minor marks. Mechanically we would rate this as excellent.
This is a Springfield model 1873 trap door rifle chambered in .45-70. This rifle is dated 1889 on the cartouche and has all the features as issued on the 1886 model, two band rifle. The trap door is marked U.S. Model 1873. The serial number is 468395 and this is equipped with a Buffington rear sight. We would rate the overall condition as very good to near fine condition with 90% plus original blue, 50%-60% case hardening on the block, wood showing full and sharp “S.V.W. 1889” cartouche and also very good to near fine. The rifle shows minor imperfections and aging and has an excellent bore and action.
The barrel and frame have matching serial numbers. The reset of the pistol has un-numbered parts with the exception of the magazine which is mismatched. The bore is dark but has distinct rifling. Overall this looks to be in nice condition with a tight action and retaining most of the original blue with just slight thinning at the high points. This is certainly an excellent candidate for a great shooter for those discerning collectors who would like to throw a couple rounds down range with a classic every now and then.