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John Gunderson Antique Militaria
Springfield M1879 .45-70 rifle SN260367 - $950.00

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Springfield M1879 .45-70 "trapdoor" rifle. Serial number 260367. Overall a standard M1879 infantry rifle, made in the last year of production for the model, with exception of the use of earlier "slotless" screws on the rear sight. Metal parts have fine original blue finish overall with faded color casehardening on the breechblock. Stock has a sharp cartouche with date of 1884, additional neat "5" marking on right side of butt and an overall appearance that suggests little use. However, the wood is has scattered minor marks and two deeper gouges in the left side of the butt just behind the wrist. Mechanically good, sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.