A Model 1868 U.S. Springfield Rifle, a.k.a "Trapdoor.” Made by Springfield Armoury, c.1868-1872; total quantity 51,389.
The breechblock pivoted forward; released by a thumb latch; design was also by Allin and served as the government standard for breech-loading single shot military rifles and carbines until the 1890s. 32-1/2” barrel, secured by two barrel bands and screw through the tang. Rear sight of long range type with adjustable slide leaf; front sight on lug also serving as bayonet stud.
Iron mountings standard, finished bright. Cleaning rod not cupped at end (as had been standard on percussion ramrods), walnut stock. Civil War lock plates, barrel bands and other mountings still used.
Serial numbered on barrel and receiver. Lock marking of eagle and US/SPRINGFIELD forward of the hammer; dated 1863. Breechblock dated 1870 and small eagle head over crossed arrows over US.
A nice clean example.