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1873 Trapdoor Question

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I recently bought an 1873 Springfield trapdoor. The auction said that the bore was pristine (It is) and the rifle is in good working order. It also said that there was no finish on the rifle. When I recieved the rifle, I found this not to be true. It appears that it is nickle plated. I removed the barrel from the stock and the finish looks as good as the the day it was done. There are areas where the finish has come off but this is really no big issue. My question is has anyone seen a trapdoor like this before? I am new to the trapdoor scene and have only seen the blued rifles. This rifle is in great shape and I have a range day next week so I have loaded some BP rounds with 405gr RNHB bullets. Comments?


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My guess: Someone wanted a shiny rifle.
Do you have a Trapdoor or a 50-70 Allin Rifle? It may be a 2nd model Allin which would be an Armory Finish; brite steel and 2 band. They were converted .58 Caliber Civil War muskets. A small lot were actually nickel plated. The date on the lockplate should be helpful if it is 1863-1865 you definately have an Allin Rifle.
1873 Trapdoor question.

The rifle is clearly marked 1873. It has the 1879 rear sight and the serial number puts it in the 1880 to 1881 range. I am thinking of having it replated. I wanted a shooter not a wall hanger so I bought the shiny rifle.....
Could be a old Veterans organization rifle for parades etc.Looks ok as is.I would just enjoy it.
From your pictures it appears to be in the "white", can not tell if it is "nickle" plated. My guess is that someone wanted a pimped up presentation model. Do not get me wrong, actually quite a few Military Academies used gussied up Trapdoors for drill and parade uses. I actually have one too, from the Southwest Military Academy in Austin, Tx. Theirs was obtained thru a donation by a guy named Douglas MacArthur. The Alabama State Armory converted left over rifles to "Academy" rifles, of which the iron was converted to either being highly polished in the "white" and a few were "nickle" plated, this is the one on top below:

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Could be a old Veterans organization rifle for parades etc.Looks ok as is.I would just enjoy it.
Thanks for the info. I'll post a range report. This rifle is in great shape. I figure it was $725.00 well spent.
I once had a half dozen of these that came from an elderly member of the GAR who left them to a relative, Be happy your gun is not cut down or altered as these were. It may be possible to restore the gun by removing the plating.
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