SOLD FOR: $22,610

Gorgeous Springfield 1875 Officers Model Trapdoor Rifle .45-70 Gov’t Single Shot Rifle, MFD 1885

Make: Springfield Armory

Model: 1875 Officer’s Model Trapdoor

Serial Number: None.

Year of Manufacture: 1885

Caliber: .45-70 Gov’t, Black Powder

Action Type: Pivoting Breech-Block Single-Shot Rifle

Barrel Length: 26″

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a folding brass Beech-style sight presenting either a blade or a beaded post inside a ring, dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a Model 1879 rifle sight. There is a mount in the top of the wrist with a folding tang sight adjustable for windage and elevation.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is checkered walnut with a decorative German silver nosecap, straight comb, steel carbine-style buttplate and a checkered walnut extension on the bottom of the wrist giving it a semi-pistol grip contour. The stock has some scattered light scratches and compressions. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some wear and oxidation at the heel and toe. The stocks rate in about Fine-plus overall condition as ANTIQUE.

Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color

Finish Originality: The blued parts show treatment with cold blue.

Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright and the rifling is sharp. There is scattered minor erosion and infrequent pitting in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 7 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its current metal finish. The metal shows scrapes and light discoloration from oxidation. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about excellent condition as ANTIQUE.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a more thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: This 1875 Officers Model is in excellent condition as ANTIQUE. Fewer than 500 Officer’s Model Rifles were produced during a ten-year manufacturing run from 1875 to 1885. Springfield Armory MANUFACTURED these rifles to provide Army officers with a high quality sporting-grade rifle that utilized the .45-70 service cartridge. These military-designed trapdoor rifles featured ornate scroll engraved on most metal parts, target sights, and checkered wood grips & forestock. The Model 1875 Officer’s Rifle displayed the high degree of craftsmanship that characterized rifles MANUFACTURED by Springfield Armory during the 19th Century. These single-shot target rifles were not issued by the Army. They were available for private purchase by officers. don’t miss out on one of the most Gorgeous 1875 Officer’s Rifles you’re likely to find.