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Thread: Found a 1873 Springfield Trapdoor. Tell me what you know

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    Springfield's add on pistol grip adapters were checkered steel, not wood. So this appears to be a home gunsmithed add on. But that wouldn't deter me from buying it. Just factor that into the asking price, or offer.

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    I just paid $625 for an 1884 in similar condition, but with a slightly better bore and no stock bubba-ing. Looked at quite a few before I decided. Missed out on a nice Cadet model that went for $700.

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    I just looked it up . a uberti repro. is $1800.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marlinman93 View Post
    Springfield's add on pistol grip adapters were checkered steel, not wood. So this appears to be a home gunsmithed add on. But that wouldn't deter me from buying it. Just factor that into the asking price, or offer.
    The first variation PG were walnut available sometime in the late 1870's. After sometime in 1880 or 1881 the 2nd variation were produced in metal.
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    If you get that nice looking TD and load for it this might help you;

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...-and-Equipment
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob208 View Post
    I just looked it up . a uberti repro. is $1800.
    I`m almost ashamed to say that my near perfect Honor Guards TD 1884/88 model only cost me $200, they set the price not me.Robert

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Gibson View Post
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    If you get that nice looking TD and load for it this might help you;

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...-and-Equipment
    Thanks or posting that. I have a trapdoor I've wanted to shoot but haven't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chill Wills View Post
    The first variation PG were walnut available sometime in the late 1870's. After sometime in 1880 or 1881 the 2nd variation were produced in metal.
    One way to find out if the added pistol grip was a add on, is check to see where the circled P inspection mark is located. Normally, it'll be directly behind the bottom trigger plate. If the inspection mark is behind the grip, it's a true arsenal production rifle. No checkering on the wood ones. Springfield Armory in 1880/1881 produced both wood and metal grips. Most all of the officer's models had wood grips of several variations. S & S offered original metal ones up to 1980. Reproductions of both started showing up when more shooters started using them.
    Last edited by georgewxxx; 01-14-2019 at 01:27 PM.
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