M1873 45-70 Carbine #449138
The Model 1873 “Trapdoor” Springfield was the first standard-issue breech-loading rifle adopted by the United States Army (although the Springfield Model 1866 had seen limited issue to troops along the Bozeman Trail in 1867). The gun, in both full-length and carbine versions, was widely used in subsequent battles against the American Indians.
The model 1873 was the fifth variation of the Allin trapdoor design, and was named for its hinged breechblock, which opened like a trapdoor. The infantry rifle model featured a 325⁄8-inch (829 mm) barrel, while the cavalry carbine used a 22-inch (560 mm) barrel.
This carbine has the 22 inch barrel with the V P & Eagle marking. The lock is marked with a deep clear SPRINGFIELD. The Breech block is marked MODEL 1873 and the rear sight base and ladder are marked with a C for Carbine.
This carbine is a very attractive example that is in excellent shape and a must for anyone who is missing that trapdoor in their life!