Fall 2023 Premier Firearms & Militaria Auction
November 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th, 2023
This auction will feature an outstanding collection of items spanning multiple categories including Modern, Military, Sporting, & Antique firearms & militaria! Below is just a small grouping of select highlights from the massive offering to be featured in this upcoming sale!
SPRINGFIELD 1875 TYPE III OFFICER MODEL US TRAPDOOR RIFLE
A total of 477 officers model rifles were produced between 1875-85. Most of these were purchased by officers w/ about 100 issued to officers in militia & guard units. The remainder were sold to commercial outlets after the adoption of the Krag rifle. Only 100 Type III rifles were mfg. in 1885 only. This rifle has third type features including the flat nose cap and 1885 dated cartouche, however, it has the shorter forearm tip of the Type II. Single band fastened short comb stock has checkered forearm & wrist with a checkered detachable wood pistol grip. Left ear of stock has a partially visible 1885 dated “SWP” cartouche. 1873 dated low arch breech block. 1879 style action. Receiver forward of tang is stamped with an added date of 1881. Receiver, breech block, lock plate, hammer, trigger guard & buttplate have moderate coverage of scroll hand engraving with straight line borders. Original metal finish was blue & case coloed. Bbl. is 26″ with Beech combination front sight with model 1879 rear sight & vernier tang sight. Hardwood ramrod with nickel finished brass hardware held by a single iron pipe. WEIGHT: 8 lbs, 3.4 oz.