Item #26307

U.S. Model 1868 Trapdoor Rifle Lined Barrel

  • Price: $995.00
  • Maker: Spfld
  • Model: Trapdoor
  • Caliber: .50-70

  • Description: Serial #15311, .50-70, 32 1/2” barrel with a fine, bright bore that has some mild freckling within the grooves. Unfortunately, although this is a handsome rifle, it is one of the earlier examples which used a failure-prone .50 caliber barrel liner. From what we can tell this one has appears detached partially at the chamber end and caused a constriction to approximately .45/.46 caliber at the breech. n order to correct this problem, later rifles were equipped with purpose-built .50 caliber barrels. This rifle has an 1863 dated lockplate with the metal having a mixed gray/plum-brown patina overall that has some darker spots of freckling, mainly along the barrel and bands. Hints of pinprick pitting from exposure to dust are present along the upper surfaces of both the barrel and breech assembly. The serial numbers on the barrel and receiver are matching and the breech block lock-up is firm while the action is tight and functions flawlessly. The walnut stock has a slightly shiny added varnish over lightly sanded wood and numerous minor surface marks and handling blemishes; the “ESA” inspector cartouche is faint but still legible on the left side opposite the lock. The rifle comes with a correct metal ramrod and, despite the problem with the liner, would make a handsome addition to any U.S. martial collection. Antique