25th INFANTRY Unit Marked SPRINGFIELD 1888 Trapdoor Spanish-American War Vintage Circa 1893
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Category: Springfield Rifles - Trapdoor - Antique Rifles - Cartridge
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25th INFANTRY Unit Marked SPRINGFIELD 1888 Trapdoor
Spanish-American War Vintage Circa 1893
Here we present an antique U.S. Springfield Model 1888 Trapdoor Rifle in .45-70 GOVT, Unit Marked to the 25th Infantry, made circa 1893 in Springfield, Massachusetts. These were the last of the trapdoor rifles that were in use since the end of the American Civil War. It also marked the end of the black powder-era, single shot, big-bore, hammer-fired rifles in U.S. service. The U.S. government would adopt the Krag-Jorgensen in 30-40 Krag, a smokeless, small-bore, bolt action repeater. However, when the U.S. went to war with Spain in the Spanish-American War in Cuba, many, if not a majority, of the state militia troops and even federal troops were still using the latest models of trapdoor rifle.
This rifle is equipped with a ramrod bayonet and a highly adjustable and optimistic Buffington rear sight. The breech block is marked “US MODEL 1884”, though the Model 1888 is its own distinct variant. The lock is marked with a federal eagle and “U.S. SPRINGFIELD”. It has a late serial number making it one of the latter produced. The butt plate is marked “US” and “63/25th”. This would have been for the 25th Infantry Regiment, an all-black regiment raised in the aftermath of the American Civil War in 1866. They were stationed on the Western Frontier throughout the Indian Wars, and they went to Cuba for the Spanish-American War. Perhaps their most notable action in the latter conflict was the Battle of El Caney. Facing an entrenched and far better armed Spanish Army, they pushed up the hill under heavy rifle, machine gun, and artillery fire where Private T.C. Baker captured the Spanish colors. This rifle may very well have been there.
The overall condition is fair to good. The blue finish has turned plum with time and use. The markings are clear. The walnut stock has been repaired the entire circumference of the area around the lock, trigger guard and left stock flat. The bore is bright with nice rifling. The action is excellent. Here is a rifle that would have been used in the late-19th Century by the Buffalo Soldiers in Cuba!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 32-5/8 inches.
Caliber: .45-70 GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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