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TacticalGuy15 08-10-2011 12:40 AM

Springfield Trapdoor Info!!
I was given a Springfield Trapdoor Rifle and i know nothing about it. I dont know what year it is or what caliber it is. Is there a way i can identify these things? Are these rifles valuable? Any info is greatly appreciated!

Sniper03 08-10-2011 12:43 AM


Get us some pictures of it and maybe we can help. Depending value can be all over the board as well as condition. Whether it was a converted muzzle loader back during the civil war or made as a trap door later. :)


TacticalGuy15 08-10-2011 12:57 AM

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I hope these pics were what you were after. If you need others just let me know what you need to see. Thanks

wmille01 08-10-2011 01:00 AM

LUCKY! if you go to shoot it make sure you have a knife or something. Somtimes the shells get stuck.

Dzscubie 08-10-2011 01:19 AM


Take a look at the top of the trap door next to the hinge, does it have a model number such as 1873 or 1884? Also, are there any proof marks on the barrel just above the chamber? Most of these rifles were chambered in 45-70 and that is with black powder so DO NOT shoot smokeless powder in these rifles. Here is a good website for trapdoor rifles

The U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Rifle Information Center


TacticalGuy15 08-10-2011 01:46 AM

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There isnt any date on it anywhere but there are proof marks on the barrel. It looks like a V then a P then something i cant make out then another P. I provided a picture of it. There is also the letter U stamped on both barrel rings. I dont know if they mean anything but they are there.

TacticalGuy15 08-10-2011 01:51 AM

As soon as i figure out what caliber it is i would love to shoot it. Ill bring a knife just in case. Thanks for the advise. It would suck to go out somewhere to shoot and stick a case and not be able to get it out. Lol

Dzscubie 08-10-2011 01:59 AM


look at the rear of the rifle next to the hammer, what is your serial number?


I have two of these one full rifle like yours and a carbine. My rifle is a model 1873 and the carbine is a model 1884.

Dzscubie 08-10-2011 02:05 AM

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Here is a picture of where to look for the model number. look at the hinge on the left.

Sniper03 08-10-2011 02:14 AM


Can you get us a close up picture of the cleaning rod at the front of the barrel. I believe it is an 1873


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