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*******Nice Starred Serial Carbine Trapdoor 1873******* : Auction-jsanderson-1388

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Inventory Number 1569915134
Seller jeffanderson (35)
Seller's Location Grove City, OH
Home Page AG
Shipping Weight 15 lbs
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Auction Description

This is a nice solid Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Carbine with Starred Serial Number, an Early Gun Rebuilt for Spanish American War use.

This is a solid, tight Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 carbine with serial number 189283*, with the star at the end of the serial to show this is one of those rebuilt during the Indian Wars at the Springfield Armory after the great call-in of 1879. In 1879, The Army ordered all the frontier units and forts to return to the Springfield Armory all trapdoors lower than serial 50,000. These included the pre-Custer trapdoors that had survived. The useable parts from these guns were used in 1881 and 1882 to build a series of trapdoors with a “star” (looking like a five-petal flower) at the end of the serial number on the receiver. This is one of those historic starred receiver carbines.

The serial number of 189283* is clear on the receiver and all the barrel markings are clear. All of these star marked carbines used new receivers and the new low arch breechblocks, but some retained earlier original parts. This still retains the first model Lockplate with 1873 date, and the hard to find first model hammer with the coarse cross-checkering. The wood is solid, without the breaks or chips or cracks so often seen on these carbines. I do not see any cartouches on this stock.

This carbine was updated for use in the Spanish American War and so this one has the very accurate, adjustable rear sight, Model 1884, as well as the companion Model 1890 carbine rear protector barrel band developed to protect these Model 1884 rear sights from catching on the saddle scabbard and changing the adjustment. This is a Carbine sight, not a rifle sight, and is so marked.

The barrel bore has that usual block powder roughness, but the rifling is still sharp. The mechanics are perfect. This is an attractive example of one of the iconic weapons of the old west, used from the early Indian Wars through the Spanish America War.

I will be offering this locally, so consider using the Buy it Now feature.

You may email me directly at jsanderson@columbus.rr.com

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Terms for Seller Jeff Anderson

Shipping costs will be different depending on where I am shipping to. That means that the shipping costs listed in my auctions are an estimate based on averages, but once you have won the auction, I will send you the actual cost of shipping.

All items that I sell will have a 3-day inspection with full sales price refund minus all shipping charges when returned in same condition as shipped. ALL items are sold in USED AS-IS condition and as "Collector Curios and Antiques" with NO guarantees, warranties, or liabilities implied or given for shooting or any other use. ANY inferences or comments made by me as to shooting condition is for informational description purposes ONLY and is NOT meant or intended to be a guarantee or inference of the item's safety for firing!!


Payment MUST be in either a bank Cashiers Check or Money Order ONLY. Payment must be received within ten-days of any finalized deal or ended auction.


I will ship outside of the US, but it is not possible to fully insure items once they are outside of the U.S. postal system...but if the buyer accepts this responsibility of possible damage or loss, and if he checks his Customs laws and is legal to import this particular antique weapon, then I MAY ship outside the USA, depending on the country involved. I know the federal laws about shipping antiques, and will follow them always...but you must make sure that it is legal for you where you live to receive and possess the item you want to buy. Please e-mail for any unclear terms.


You can email me directly at jsanderson@columbus.rr.com