IMPERIAL RUSSIAN Antique BERDAN I Single Shot 10.75mm Cal. TRAPDOOR Rifle Model 1868 Manufactured by COLT in the United States
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IMPERIAL RUSSIAN Antique BERDAN I Single Shot 10.75mm Cal. TRAPDOOR Rifle
Model 1868 Manufactured by COLT in the United States
Here we present an antique Imperial Russian Berdan I Single Shot Trapdoor Rifle, made in the United States by Colt. The Berdan rifle is a Russian rifle created by the American firearms expert and inventor Hiram Berdan in 1868. Production for this rifle began in 1869 and went on for a couple of years before the Berdan II was introduced. The Berdan Rifle was standard issue in the Russian army from 1870 to 1891, when it was replaced by the Mosin–Nagant rifle. It was widely used in Russia as a hunting weapon, and sporting variants, including shotguns, were produced until the mid-1930s.
Two different versions of the single-shot Berdan rifle were adopted as service weapons by Imperial Russia. The first version, as is this one, was manufactured by Colt in the US and is known as the Model 1868, or Berdan I. This hammerless Trapdoor breechlock rifle is one of the 30,000 contracted for the Russian infantry. The second version was the Berdan II, also known as the Model 1870, and was initially produced at Birmingham Small Arms in England. The rifles were later manufactured in large numbers by Russian factories at Tula, Izhevsk, and Sestroretsk. Estimated total production numbers for this model is over 3,000,000. The Berdan Rifle is known for its accuracy, simplicity, and reliability.
The overall condition is good. The action is strong. The bore is in good shape. The stock is solid despite its period repairs. The front barrel band is absent. Here is a simple and effective trapdoor rifle that would have served its user well!
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Barrel is 32-1/2 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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