Model: Trap Door
Serial Number: 210009*
Year of Manufacture: 1884-1887
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Action Type: Single Shot, Trap Door
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “V P”, Eagle head, and “F”. The top of the receiver is marked “210009*”. The top of the buttplate is marked “US”.
Barrel Length: Approx. 22”
Sights / Optics: This carbine is mounted with a fixed post front sight and the desirable Buffington rear sight adjustable for windage and elevation. Note: the correct rear carbine barrel band is present.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are one piece smooth military wood. Much finish remains (perhaps re-finished?). There are minor nicks and dings and one small gouge on the bottom of the buttstock about four inches in front of the buttplate. There are no visible cracks or losses. The LOP measures approx. 13 ¼” from the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue/ None Remaining
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is a bit shallow. There is mild erosion in the grooves. This is a shootable bore.
Overall Condition: This carbine retains about 5% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows smooth metal which was likely cleaned, and little finish. The lock shows pinprick erosion as does the trapdoor lever. There is still a little blue on the top of the trap door and on the top tang. The Screw heads are mostly sharp showing just minor disfiguration. The markings are clear . Overall, this carbine rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer locks back and drops with trigger pull. We did not fire this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: A three piece cleaning rod (original) is included in the buttstock.
Our Assessment: This carbine has all of the features of the model 1884 carbine; Buffington rear sight with correct barrel band and correct letter “C”, sling ring and bar, 22” barrel and trap door in buttplate with three piece rod, however the serial number is NOT in the anticipated range. In any case this is a Very Good condition carbine with correct sight and rare cleaning rod in buttstock. Please see pages 585-588 of “Flayderman’s Guide…”, by Norm Flayderman’s for more details. This is a true collector find!!!
Sold For: $1,200.01